In order to stop the discharge of sewage water into the stormwater drains, GMDA has drawn up a plan to build seven new sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the Gurugram.
Other than these seven new STPs, GMDA is also setting up an STP having the capacity of 30 MLD in Jahagarh to cater to the new sectors. “The sewage waste coming from sectors 99-115 will be treated at this sewage treatment plant before being released into the stormwater drains. A plan to build two sewage treatment plants, one in Dhankot and another in Bajghera with a capacity of 2 MLD each is also in the pipeline,” an official said.
According to the GMDA officials, while most of the sewage waste is being treated, around 2MLD sewage water is still going into the stormwater drains. The proposed seven sewage treatment plants will not only help treat this 2 MLD, but also allow GMDA to be able to treat the sewage waste in case its volume increases with population growth. “We are planning to build seven STPs at seven different locations with a capacity of 1 MLD each. These will most likely be ready by the end of this year,” said a senior GMDA official.
GMDA already has two existing STPS, one in Dhanwapur and one in Behrampur. The official added that the total capacity of the existing STPs is 388 MLD, whereas the sewage waste in the city is around 390 MLD.The NGT monitoring committee had directed the state government in 2018 that untreated sewage water should not be released into the stormwater drains as it reaches Yamuna through the Najafgarh drain.
Following the direction from the green court, GMDA had carried out a survey and identified 78 such spots where the sewage waste was going into the stormwater drains. Consequently, meetings were held between officials from GMDA, MCG, HSVP and HSIIDC and most of these points were fixed.
However, sewage water continued to flow into the stormwater drains despite GMDA informing the NGT that the deadline to fix the issue was set on June 2019. GMDA officials said that that the process took longer as issues had also come up regarding the availability of land for proposed STP in Sector 107.