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PMC go-ahead for sewerage network

Patna, Feb. 1: The city is set to get a pipeline-based sewage network that would ensure door-to-door connectivity for collection and disposal of wastewater after treatment.

In its 15th general meeting today, the board of the Patna Municipal Corporation agreed to give the project the no objection certificate. It would come under the ambit of the National Ganga River Basin Authority that has already approved Rs 500 crore as first instalment for the project.

The pipeline-based sewage network would be a first in the city. Right now, wastewater is disposed of only in small and big drains.

Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd had prepared a detailed project report for the project.

Anupam Kumar Suman, the managing director of Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation, today gave a presentation based on the report. Suman said: “The existing drainage system of Patna has become defunct. There are four sewage treatment plants but no sewage pipeline network. The disposal system is based on a drainage network comprising only small and big drains that leads to discharge of untreated wastewater into the Ganga. So, the government has submitted a proposal to the National Ganga River Basin Authority for the new sewage project. With an outlay of Rs 2,580 crore, this is perhaps the biggest sewage project in any city across the country.”

The pipeline would be around 1,600km long. The project would also involve an overhaul of the four existing sewage treatment plants in the city and development of two new sewage treatment plants on the banks of the Ganga.

On councillors’ allegations that the civic body commissioner, Kuldip Narayan, was not allowing public utility schemes to proceed, the latter said today he would hold one-to-one meetings with executive officers of the four circles in the presence of the ward councillors concerned between February 4 and 7 over the progress of the schemes.


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