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Pollution control board for 100% treatment of Bhima river in 2 years

With the plan to set up at least three sewage treatment plants in the next two years in the city and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation,the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board is hoping to streamline the system for a clean Bhima river basin with 100 per cent treatment of water.

Written by Nisha Nambiar |
June 5, 2012 3:11:41 am

With the plan to set up at least three sewage treatment plants in the next two years in the city and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC),the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is hoping to streamline the system for a clean Bhima river basin with 100 per cent treatment of water.

At present,two sewage treatment plants are already operational. Bhima is the main river made up of seven sub-rivers — Mula,Mutha,Pawana,Ram,Seena,Kukdi and Indrayani — and meets Ujani Dam on the outskirts of the district.

Environmentalists have been complaining that sewage from surrounding areas in Pune district is polluting Bhima. The MPCB had asked the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) for a detailed project report (DPR) of a plan to treat the river water. The report has been submitted and the government is awaiting instructions to go ahead with the plan. This would also take ahead plan for Panchganga river basin in Kolhapur,Lower Bhima basin from Ujjani to Solapur,Godavari river and Nagriver in Nagpur.

“Now,222 MLD water needs to be treated in both PMC and PCMC which will be done in the next two years,’’ said Pollution Assessment Monitoring and Surveillance (PAMS) Joint Director P Mirashe.

The state government with the help of the Centre is trying to expedite the issue of setting up more sewage treatment plants. At present,in PCMC,out of 296 MLD of water,43 MLD water needs to be treated while the rest is already being treated. In PMC,of 720 MLD of water,541 MLD is being treated now and 179 MLD needs to be treated.

“There are short-term measures and long-term measures and the government is trying to implement both through the DPR,’’ said an environment department official. With funds both from the state and the Centre,the department is looking it as a major project.

Earlier,a study by the MPCB had reported the alarming situation of Bhima river due to release of 700 million litres of untreated sewage into the river daily. The study also suggested measures to clean the river. “The DPR gives details of various measures to be taken to clean the river. It will also enlist various technologies to be adopted for the process,” said a senior official.

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