70% Of Srinagar’s Sewerage Goes Into Dal Lake,STPs ‘Below Par’: Experts


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SRINAGAR – A Committee of Experts, constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court last year, has found Sew­age Treatment Plants (STPs) “heavily over-utilized and un­der-maintained” and their ef­fluent “far below” the required standards as laid down in the Central Pollution Control Board norms.

After the unabated flow of sewage into the Dal Lake which drastically affected the flora and fauna of the world famous body, the J&K Government in 2000 had decided to construct STPs around the lake to save it from further deterioration.

Presently, three STPs are functioning under the control of LAWDA and they are Lamb— 4.5 MLD, Habak—3.5 MLD and Hazratbal—7.5 MLD.

“It has been reported that about 70% of the sewage gen­erated in Srinagar City finds its way into the Lake. 3 STPs are functioning under the control of LAWDA. These are heav­ily over-utilized and under-maintained,” the committee of experts (CoE) said in its latest report, according to GNS.

“Their effluent is far below the required standards as laid down in the CPCB norms,” the CoE said.

After detailed study and dis­cussions with other experts— retired chairman, CPCB, aca­demics from IIT, Bombay and IIT Roorkee and M/s Thermax, the company that designed and constructed these three STPs, the Committee is learnt to have given necessary feedback to Principal Secretary HUDD and VC LAWDA that the three STPs need to be renovated at the earliest.

In January this year, the con­tract has finally been assigned by UEED and the work is to be completed within six months, the CoE said.

After the repair and renova­tion of the three STPs is com­plete, the treated effluent needs to conform to the CPCB norms, The CoE said.

It has been learnt reliably that on CoE directions, the Consultant UEED is drafting a scheme for tertiary treatment of effluents and if required di­verting the effluent away from the Lake, the flagship o Kash­mir’s tourism.

Astonishing as it may sound, the CoE has found that none of the STPs were conducting any tests as regards the treated ef­fluents, notwithstanding the fact that it is a statutory re­quirement that each STP should test the treated effluent quality before being released.

It was under the CoE’s direc­tions that laboratory has now been set up and regular tests of incoming sewage and treated effluent are being carried out. However, again as per CoE, LAWDA “lacks the drive to digi­tise the reports, compare and analyze them and share it with the experts. (GNS)



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