Bhubaneswar, Oct 10 (LocalWire): Odisha has set a national benchmark in sewage treatment measures aimed to contain water pollution caused by untreated sewage and faecal sludge flowing into rivers, according to official sources today.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy held a review meeting where Princiipal Secretary (Housing and Urban Development) G Mathivathanan outlined the issues for discussion.
‘Odisha has been awarded the best state by India Sanitation Coalition and FICCI in urban sewage management for the year 2018,’ sources said.
The state has also been awarded by the Centre of Excellence, Mussoorie, for good governance in urban liquid waste management for the year 2018 and set a national benchmark in implanting faecal sludge management regulations.
The urban sanitation experts from Netherlands and Bangladesh after visiting the operational and under-construction STPs in the state have highly acclaimed Odisha for low cost management of faecal sludge with dewatering technology using gravitation, it said.
Reviewing the progress of the sewage treatment in urban areas, Tripathy directed to expedite completion of sixty sewage plants in different urban local bodies in the state and intensify awareness and enforcement activities.
He emphasized that all households should get connected to the sewage system wherever it is available.
Tripathy said in the absence of centralized sewage network, they should make use of cesspool system already available in all ULBs for safe disposal of sewage.
Director, Municipal Administration, Sangramjit Nayak, said the state has made substantial progress in the matter during the last four years.
In 2015 there was only one operational sewage treatment plant in the state providing facility for treatment of 2% of the urban faecal sludge while in 2016 construction of nine plants were taken up with annual budgetary allocations.
Urban sanitation policy and strategies have been put in place with definite institutional arrangements and seven STPs are since operating,’ he said adding sixty more are in different phases of completion.
Tripathy asked to tag the small ULBs to nearest STP for ensuring 100% population coverage while the nearby rural areas to be tagged to different STPs in urban local bodies for extending the benefits to the rural population as well.
Mathivathanan said since construction and operation of the STPs take four to five years time and containing water pollution is an urgent requirement, the interim low cost technique of deep row entrenchments have been rolled out in different urban local bodies.
‘It is a tried and tested method for safe disposal of faecal sludge and septage,’ he said adding this interim measure has been adopted from November, 2017.
As of now, 84 such deep row entrenchments have been developed to provide safe sewage disposal service to 83% population.
With completion of sixty permanent STPs all these households would be included under that service.