Manali to Get First Eco-Friendly Sewage Treatment Plant
New eco-friendly sewerage network to benefit thousands in Manali and surrounding areas
The picturesque town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh is all set to get its first eco-friendly sewage treatment plant. The state government has approved the project and the construction is expected to begin soon. Under the sequential batch reactor system, approval has been granted for sewerage and drinking water schemes worth Rs. 369 crores to connect Manali City and seven panchayats in the surrounding suburbs to the sewer system.
The construction of the sewage treatment plant in Manali is an important step towards making the town more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The new system will significantly reduce pollution in the region.
Unlike previous sewage treatment plants built in the state, which use simple technology and has a biochemical oxygen demand of up to 30 ppm, this sewage treatment plant will have a maximum biochemical oxygen demand of only 10 ppm. In the first phase of the project, a tender of approximately Rs. 100 crores has been issued for the laying of the sewerage network, with the process currently underway. The drinking water line will be completed in the second phase, and the sewage treatment plant work will be carried out in the third phase.
The project is being executed by the Himachal Pradesh Jal Shakti Vibhag, with the support of the Central Government. The Jal Shakti Department authorities estimate that the entire project will take around three years to complete.
Jal Shakti Vibhag Executive Engineer, Arun Sharma, stated that a sewage treatment plant with a capacity of around 17 MLD will be constructed in Gojra. This newly constructed sewerage network will bring significant benefits to thousands of people living in areas including Old Manali, Chachoga, Prini, Jagatsukh, Nasogi, Gaderni, and Vashisht.
Completing the project will also benefit a population of over 50,000 residing in the surrounding seven panchayats. The hotels in these areas will be connected to the sewerage as well. The initiative has been welcomed by the locals and tourists as a much-needed step towards preserving the town’s environment. The project is also expected to serve as a model for other towns and cities in the state to follow.
Via: The Tribune