More than 120 million litres of sewer water a day (MLD) flows to the Bhattian Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) as against the plants capacity of 111 MLD. While the sewer water is treated in the plant as per capacity,the remaining dirty water flows to the nearby colonies on the Rahon and Tajpur roads.
This was discovered by Municipal Corporation Commissioner M.S Jaggi during his recent visit to the treatment plant. The commissioner also discovered that the STP does not possess a full capacity generator to run all its motors in case of power failure. The generator set available can run only 2 motors of the total 10.
Jaggi said the corporation will spend Rs 25 lakh for a new generator set so that the STP can function properly in case of power failure. Already the STP is not able to treat the water to full capacity and in case of power failure,the situation becomes more difficult,he added.
The STP is managed by sewerage board and,while efforts are on to augment its capacity from 111 MLD to 161 MLD,work has progressed at a slow pace.
Jaggi has directed officials to finish the pending work within 10 days. He stated that the work should have been done before the onset of monsoons but the delay by sewerage board has caused problems in many areas.
With the MC using suction machines to clean drains,some of which have been choked for nearly 20 years,the sewer flow to the treatment plant is set to increase. The main lines of Shingaar cinema and Chandigarh road are being cleaned at a cost of Rs 2.25 crore and once these lines are cleaned,the sewer flow will be even more, said Kamlesh Bansal additional MC commissioner. Before the monsoons,the flow in this STP was around 75 MLD which has increased to 120 MLD these days because of rains and clearance of chocked lines,he added.