Rajahmundry: The Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation has submitted a Rs 634 crore detailed project report (DPR) to the Centre for implementation of underground drainage and sewage treatment plants.
If the Union government sanctions it under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), the Godavari river can be cleaned as part of reducing the pollution levels. According to RMC officials five to six sewage treatment plants and effluents treatment plants will be set up for treating the polluted waters.
Rajahmundry MLA Akula Satyanarayana urged Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu to sanction the scheme for the RMC as part of cleaning the River Godavari. There were several surveys conducted for construction of underground drainage in Rajahmundry.
Some of the experts opined that Rajahmundry was not suitable for undeground drainage system as the city has its ups and downs. But, the latest DPR proposed several seawage treatment points to release the waste water into River Godavari, after treating it.
“After treating liquid waste, it can be made use for agriculture fields with separate canals or be discharged into sea waters through a separate channels as it would not pollute any way after it is treated,” said Rajahmundry MLA Akula Satyanarayana. He said that hectic efforts were being made for getting underground drainage system and sewage treatment plants to Rajahmundry city.
According to sources, at present 21 per cent of liquid waste is being treated in Rajahmundry city. If it can be taken up to 60 per cent for treatment, the pollution levels in river Godavari can be drastically reduced and clean water can be supplied to the citizens. There are two channels ‘Ava’ and ‘Nalla’ fuctioning in the city. But, the capacity of these channels is not sufficient.
According to statitics 83 per cent of waste through sewage, 3 per cent from Dhobi Ghats and the remaining from industrial units are polluting river Godavari.
Now, as part of cleaning the river, more sewage treatment plants and effluent treatment plants are proposed in the detailed project report.