This proposal was made at a review meeting on Namami Ganga today. The meeting held in Nirman Bhawan was attended by Minister of urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ms.Uma Bharati, Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation Shri Birendra Singh, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar and Minister of Tourism & Culture Dr.Mahesh Sharma and Secretaries of respective ministries.
The Ministers discussed Action Plans for treatment of sewerage with timelines, rehabilitation of dysfunctional and sub-optimal STPs, plans for bridging mismatch between existing treatment capacity and the demand, capacity building of urban local bodies, modernization of existing crematoria, adoption of innovative technologies developed by BARC and IITs etc.
As against the sewerage treatment requirement of 3,847 million litres per day in all the 118 cities and towns in 2015 and the estimated demand of 4,773 MLD in 2030, the present available capacity is only 879 MLD while another 1,263 MLD capacity is under construction. The gap in demand and supply is 1,852 MLD at current demand and 2,664 MLD at 2030 demand.
Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu said that all the six state governments will be consulted and taken on board before going ahead with setting up of STPs as required to treat urban sewerage. To begin with, 56 cities and towns that accounts for about 80% of sewerage generation will be focused in the first phase. He further said that necessary action for setting up SPV will soon be taken. He said that STP capacity would be augmented to meet the 2030 demand.
The Ministers have noted that the provisions of existing Environment Protection Act are not adequate to address the issue of industrial affluents being discharged into Ganga River and the same needs to be revisited.
As a part of stakeholder consultations, a meeting of representatives of all 195 industrial units located alongside Ganga river will be held next month by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change followed by a meeting of Municipal Commissioners of all the 118 cities and towns on 17th February. State-wise consultations will be held in March, 2015.
Today’s meeting was held in pursuance of the suggestion of the PMO to work out time bound action plans focusing on primary components of Ganga pollution viz., liquid waste from urban and rural areas and industrial effluent discharge.