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Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 7:35 AM; last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 7:35 AM (IST)

Sullage-carrier project hangs fire

Sullage-carrier project hangs fire
Work on laying a 12.5-km-long parallel pipeline adjoining the sullage carrier has been shut since November. Tribune Photo

Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 9

Though the monsoon is approaching, work on laying the 12.5-km-long parallel pipeline adjoining the sullage carrier to increase its capacity has been shut since November as front has not been given to Triveni company as farmers were opposed to its being given to the company.

In the past four years, only 4.8-km-long pipeline out of the total 12.5 km could be laid. Owing to the slow pace of work, the walls of the sullage carrier have started crumbling. Many portions have caved in at various places, which have led to a breach in the canal many times.

This main sullage carrier was constructed in 1991 and due to no proper maintenance of the carrier, its walls from both sides have gone weak. It will create more troubles if it rains more during this monsoon as its walls are weak. The Municipal Corporation is carefully releasing the water into it as it cannot handle excessive pressure of water.

Triveni company DGM VB Shivangi said, “We have laid the 4.8-km-long pipeline so far as my team is ready, but we have not been given further front to work.”He said front was not cleared by the MC as some farmers were opposed to it over some issue. Once the front was given to us, we would restart work on this.

MCB XEN Sandeep Gupta said, “Work on the sullage carrier project is shut due to opposition by the farmers. The district administration is taking up the matter with them to resolve it.” It is pertinent to mention that the main sullage carrier has a water carrying capacity of 104 million litres per day. As only treated water is released into the carrier, the volume of water increases during the monsoon season in the absence of a dedicated storm water system in the city.

In 2013, the MCB had decided to enhance the capacity of the sullage carrier, which carries the water treated at the sewage treatment plant (STP). Later, a detailed project report was prepared and the state government gave its approval, but the project remained on the back burner.

In 2015, Noida-based Triveni company was roped in and it has been able to lay only the 4.8-km-long pipeline till date.

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