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Uttar Pradesh: infrastructure

Clean water, cleaner Gomti


PUJA AWASTHI | Lucknow, February 4, 2011 10:46
Tags : Uttar Pradesh | Jawaharlal Nehru | JNNURM | Alok Ranjan |

Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow has a new, unusually positive, thing to boast of — Asia’s largest sewage treatment plant which can take care of 345 million litres of sewage per day. Constructed at a cost of Rs 360.99 crores on 300 acres of land, the plant has four pumping stations. In addition to treating the waste, the plant will also generate 15 kilowatt of electricity and produce 100 tonnes of fertiliser as by-products.

The city’s existing water treatment plant is capable of treating only 42 million litres, leaving the rest to flow into the Gomti, the city’s biggest source of drinking water. The new plant, dedicated to the people on Mayawati’s birthday, January 15, has been constructed keeping in mind the city’s needs by 2040. For now, it will ease the pressure off the old water treatment plant that is of much smaller capacity.

According to chief minister Mayawati, it was just one of the 53 mega infrastructure projects designed for the city. The government intends to make the state capital attractive to tourists, both desi and foreign.

This is, of course, apart from wooing urban voters to her fold. Mayawati's traditional vote bank has been in rural areas so far. “For the first time we have a majority government and are paying as much attention to urban areas as to rural ones,” says the BSP supremo. All the aforementioned projects are under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and have to be completed by 2012, the year UP would go for assembly elections.

Alok Ranjan, UP’s principal secretary for urban development points out that it is for the first time that infrastructure projects on such a large scale are being taken up in the state. “No city in Uttar Pradesh has sewer lines in more than 30 per cent of its area. Under the new projects, the sewer lines will cover upto 80 per cent of the area. In Lucknow itself, sewer lines running over 700 kilometres have been constructed.”

With the new water treatment plant already functioning, we can hope to have a cleaner Gomti now.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017