New Delhi, March 1: The center government has granted projects worth Rs 1,050 crore to keep Ganga clean by setting up sewage treatment infrastructure in Patna in next two to three years. The projects are part of the government's Ganga cleaning programme under its 'Namami Gange' mission.The amount will be spent for setting up two two Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), renovation of one existing STP, construction of two pumping stations and laying of new underground sewage network of about 400 kilometers. Contracts to build STP of 60 MLD capacity and lying of new underground sewage network of 227 kilometers in Saidpur zone of the city. The contracts also include the cost of operation and maintenance of STPs and sewage networks for a period of 10 years.
These projects not only aim to treat the current sewage generation in respective zones of Patna but also take into account the sewage estimates of next one decade, considering the expected rise of population in the city. As per a survey by the World Bank, Patna is also one of the fastest growing city in the world in terms of infrastructural development.
After time-bound commissioning of these projects, no untreated water will go into the Ganga from these zones saving the holy waters of the river from contamination and deterioration. The progress of the construction will be monitored by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to ensure that deadlines are met.
Patna city spread in an area of more than 100 square kilometer is sub-divided into six sewerage zones-Digha, Beur, Saidpur, Kankarbagh, Pahari and Karmali Chak. Contract for sewage related projects in Karmali Chak zone are expected to be awarded shortly.