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Posted at: Jun 9, 2019, 7:05 AM; last updated: Jun 9, 2019, 7:05 AM (IST)STOPPING FLOW OF WASTE WATER IN GHAGGAR

MC to hire consultant for preparing DPR

MC to hire consultant for preparing DPR
Waste water from colonies flows into Ghaggar river. File photo

Sanjay Bumbroo

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 8

After receiving flak from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) the Municipal Corporation (MC) has sought approval from the Haryana Government for hiring a consultant for preparing a detail project report (DPR) on how to control flow of waste water from unauthorised colonies into the Ghaggar and Yamuna rivers.

In a letter to the Urban local bodies (ULB) Haryana, the MC authorities stated that in the absence of technical experts in the civic body a consultant should be hired, who would prepare the DPR for providing appropriate sewerage system, including STPs, and water supply in villages and colonies could be installed where such system does not exist.

It was further stated that there was also need to check existing water supply in villages so that it meets the requirement of self-cleaning velocity for the sewerage system.

Municipal Commissioner-cum-Administrator Rajesh Jogpal said, “We are in the process of hiring a consultant to start the work. Soon, a decision will be taken on the matter after final nod from the higher authorities.”

As per information from the MC a proposal was mooted in a meeting held last month that the civic body along with technical adviser and team of experts would prepare the report, but the official showed half-hearted approach while preparing the report. The director at the ULB office issued an instruction to the MC that the total consultancy charges payable to consultant should not exceed Rs 5 lakh for one work and proper procedure should be followed.

On September 21, 2018, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Haryana, in which an issue was raised that there were 38 points on the edge of Ghaggar and Yamuna rivers from where waste water of 334.56 million litres per day (MLD) flowed from different colonies. During rainy days 4,944 MLD water from unauthorised colonies flowed into the two rivers.

On January 25, 2019, the NGT issued a show-cause notice to the MC for non-compliance of instructions to divert waste water, which was generated by illegal colonies at the 38 points and flowed into the rivers.

In the show-cause notice, which was issued to the Superintendent Engineer, MC, Panchkula, on January 25, 2019, it was stated that as no action plan was submitted by the civic body about strategies they had chalked out to stop the river stretch, which were critically polluted due to diversion of the waste water.

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