STP to come up on reserved forest land in Ambazari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Feb 2019 10:20:12


Staff Reporter,

NIT constructing eight STPs having total capacity of around 65 MLD

Maharashtra Government has diverted 0.96 hectare forest land for the construction of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Ambazari. Technically the land is earmarked as reserved forest.

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) is constructing total 8 STPs in Nagpur for treatment of sewage water to reduce pollution level of ground water. The total capacity of these STPs is around 65 MLD at an estimated cost of around Rs 100 crore.  Recently, Revenue and Forest Department of State has issued a directive to divert forest land for the STP. The Trust will construct an intake well, settler tank, phytorid bed and treated water tank, control room and administrative building, internal approach road and some portion will be kept as open space.

NIT has requested Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Nodal Officer to divert land for the STP. The Regional Office, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India has granted ‘in-principle’ approval
with certain condition to  the proposal.  NIT is constructing STPs at Somalwada, Ambazari, near Sonegaon Tank, Kachimet, Hazari Pahad, Dabha, Nari, and Wanjari. The construction of 1 MLD capacity STP at Kachimet is complete. The construction of STP at Sonegaon Lake will be complete very soon.

The NIT is constructing two 40 MLD STP at Pora River in Somalwada area while three MLD STP on Pili River at Nari, two on Hatti nullah at Hazari Pahad and Chamar nullah and at Wanjari near Ittabhatti. One STP will be constructed near Gorewada Lake to stop polluting its water.

A news-report by The Hitavada revealing shocking apathy of NMC in allowing untreated sewage into Gosikhurd water was suo-motu treated as PIL by the High Court and NMC later promised to construct a STP near Bhandewadi to treat sewage. The Detailed project report was prepared. The NMC has already inked an agreement with MahaGenco to sell the water for its Koradi plant.