THE BMC plans to develop a knowledge centre, a viewing gallery and a walkway with a transparent canopy at its proposed wastewater treatment facility in Bandra.
The civic body is going to construct first-of-its-kind sewage treatment plant (STP) under the Mumbai Sewage Disposal Plant (MSDP)-2, spread over 9.74 hectares, officials said. Under MSDP-2, BMC is upgrading its seven primary STPs up to tertiary level, to ensure that it can reuse treated water for non-potable purposes.
Officials said the BMC wants to develop the Bandra plant into the first green STP. It will take five years to complete the project after the contract is awarded, officials said. The plant will have capacity of treating 360 million liters of sewage daily.
Considering the location of the plant, the BMC also plans to create a rooftop garden. “We have proposed to develop this as a green plant. A viewing gallery will be constructed at a vantage point from where visitors can have 360-degree view of the city. There will be elevators and patrons could enjoy aerial view of landmark locations like the Bandra-Worli Sealink, Bandra Fort and Bandra Bandstand,” said executive engineer in MSDP department, Dr Ajit Salvi, who is supervising the project.
He added, “We are also planning to construct a knowledge centre within the premises. Here, information regarding the plant and other projects will be made available. There will also be a library where books on various subjects will be stocked. There are plans to have a solar panel, which will help in lighting the plant.”
Salvi said the proposal also includes the construction of a walkway with transparent canopy over the plant to help visitors view its functioning. Additionally, the plant will have an odour control mechanism.
“Currently, the water discharged in the sea after treatment cannot be used for any non-potable purposes. However, with the upgradation of this plant using modernised equipment and technology, we will to reuse treated water for non-potable purpose like car cleaning among others,” he added.