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Odisha Sets National Level Benchmarking In Sewage Treatment

10 October 2019


Bhubaneswar: Odisha has set national benchmarking in sewage treatment measures aimed at containing water pollution caused by the release of untreated sewage and faucal sludge to rivers. This was revealed during a high level review meeting held here on Thursday.

Odisha has been awarded as Best State by India Sanitation Coalition and FICCI in Urban Sewerage Management for the year 2018. The State has also been awarded by Centre of Excellence, Mussoorie for good governance in urban liquid waste management for the year 2018.

THe State has set national benchmarking in implementation of feacal sludge management regulation. The urbal sanitation experts from Netherlands and Bangaldesh after visiting the operationalised and under construction STPs in Odisha have acclaimed the state for low cost management of the sludge with dewatering technology using gravitation.

Reviewing progress of the sewage treatment in urban areas, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed to expedite completion of sixty sewage plants in different ULBs of the State. He further directed to intensify the awareness and enforcement activities simultaneously in all ULBs. In the absence of centralised sewage network, they should make use of cesspool system for safe disposal of the sewage.

Director Municipal Administration, Sangramjit Nayak said, "State has made substantial progress in the matter during 4 years. In 2015, there was only one operational STP in Odisha providing facility for treatment of 2% of the urban sewage. In 2016, construction of nine plants were taken up with annual budgetary allocations. Urban sanitation policy and strategies have been put in place with definite institutional arrangements. By now, seven STPs have been operationalised. Sixty more are in different phases of completion."

Tripathy directed to tag the small ULBs to nearest SeTP for ensuring 100% population coverage. He directed to extend the benefits to rural population.

Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development G Mathivathnan said, "Since construction and operationalisation of the SeTPs takes time of four to five years, and containing water pollution is an urgent requirement, the interim low cost technique of Deep Row Entrenchments (DREs) have been rolled out in different ULBs. It is a tried and tested method for safe disposal of fecal sludge and septage."

This interim measure has been adopted from November 2017. As of now 84 such DREs have been developed which provide safe sewage disposal service to 83% of the population.