Patna: Work on the Rs 2,580-crore Patna Sewerage Scheme will be kick-started by 2014-end and completed by 2017, benefiting every household in the state capital, said Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (BUIDCO) managing director Anupam Kumar Suman.
Speaking at a public consultation organized by BUIDCO here on Friday, Suman said, “The project is planned to be executed in 36 months (2014-2017), which includes external sewers, sewage pumping stations, road restoration and sewage treatment plants. House connections are planned in 14 months (2017-2018) for phase-1.”
PMC ward councillors raised the issue of huge pile-up of pending projects of the corporation and expressed fears that the Patna Sewerage Scheme may meet the same fate. At this, Suman said, “A forum will be constituted to review the monthly progress of this project. This forum will also solve the problems cropping up during implementation of this project, helping in maintaining the pace.”
BUIDCO general manager Daya Shankar Mishra made a PowerPoint presentation on the project, which will receive 70% funding from Government of India (GoI) and 30% from government of Bihar. Mishra said, “Bihar government has started this project with the help of World Bank and National Ganga River Basin Authority. BUIDCO has been assigned the task of completing the project by the state urban development and housing department. The corporation is supposed to build a sewerage pipeline of 1,250km against the present length of 27.4km (main sewers) and sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 370 million litres per day (MLD) by the year 2032 and 550 MLD by 2047 in state capital.”
The present sewage system of the city, introduced in 1936-39, caters to only 7% of sewage discharged. The presentation stated that the total sewage generation from the city in 2017, 2032 and 2047 will be 252, 370 and 550 MLD, respectively. The total land proposed to be acquired for the project is 100 acres, considering future expansion of the project. For the first phase of the project, 15.40 hectares of land is readily available, while for the second phase 12.10 hectares is under acquisition.