A public consultation meeting for the ambitious city sewerage project was conducted on Friday.
The World Bank-aided scheme aims at developing the maiden pipeline-based 1,300km sewage network in the city with an estimated outlay of Rs 2,500 crore. As the execution of the project would involve large-scale digging of streets and acquisition of small stretches of land around some houses, the consultation meeting was convened.
The residents’ response to the meet was lukewarm. A few present in the consultation meeting raised some queries regarding different aspects of the project.
“We have some bitter experience about the execution of Patna water supply project, delayed by over two years now. Thus, efforts should be made to ensure timely completion of the work. Also, inconvenience of the residents should be minimum,” said Bindeshwar Pathak, one of the participants in the meeting.
The existing sewerage network in the city developed in 1968 has become almost defunct, prompting the need for a new and extended sewage network. “The objective behind developing the new sewage network for the city is proper treatment of the household wastewater before it flows to the Ganga. The work on the project is expected to start by the end of this year and the deadline for its completion is 2017,” said Anupam Kumar Suman, managing director, Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCo).
The sewerage project comes under the Centre-sponsored National Ganga River Basin Authority. The state government has appointed BUIDCo as its executing agency for the project. Apart from developing the sewage pipeline network having door-to- door connectivity, the project entails overhaul of four existing sewage treatment plants (STP) at Beur, Pahari, Karmalichak and Saidpur and development of two new STPs at Digha and Kankerbagh.
“The Government of India has sanctioned funds for the development of three STPs at Pahari, Beur and Karmalichak, and the bidding process has commenced,” said Suman, appealing to the residents to give their feedback through phone (2210100-103) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com).
Owing to land hassle involving construction of 72 overhead tanks, BUIDCo is mulling over fresh bidding process. “As of now, land for only around 20 overhead tanks has been made available and the work at even those sites is delayed. So, we are planning to issue fresh tenders for the sites where land is available and rope in smaller firms to do the work,” said Suman.