By Odisha Story Bureau, Bhubaneswar:
Good news for city dwellers and better environment around, with the civic authorities coming up with septage management plan through collection, transportation and treating them at five different places across the city with make-shift and portable mini Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs).
A review meeting for carrying out of fleet management of cesspool vehicles, available within the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) area, was held yesterday under the chairmanship of BMC Commissioner.
Initiating the discussion, the City Engineer informed that one Sainath Fabric Care Pvt. Ltd. has been selected as a successful bidder through a transparent bidding process and shall have to transport the collected septage to the identified treatment facilities (once becoming functional within two months) as suggested by BMC. The bidder has proposed to set up the make-shift portable mini STPs and to make it feasible, BMC has to provide a land of nearly about 1,200 square feet at each location.
The proposed locations of the mini STPs are: Jharpada, Gadakana inside the temporary transit station near Sainik School, Ghatikia and Basuaghai.
BMC shall take effective measures to inform all commercial establishments, hospitals, hotels, and apartment complexes, that Sainath Fabric Care Pvt. Ltd. has been selected as the successful operator for septage management within BMC area and also make awareness campaigns through media campaign for smooth management of the operation by the selected bidder.
BMC will also write to police and traffic police in particular for free movement of cesspool vehicles without any hindrance. The civic body shall allow putting logo of BMC along with the name of the operator on the body of the vehicles for better identification, for which formal approval of logo design has to be sought.
As per the outcome of the meeting, the cesspool operation should start within a time frame of sixty days. The planning for mini STPs was necessitated as the laying of the underground sewerage pipeline work by the Odisha Water Supply and Sewerage Board (OWSSB) is getting delayed due to many unavoidable circumstances across the city. Sources also informed that the current work of OWSSB might take more than seven/eight months to be completed and operationalize.
Hence, the review meeting also decided that until the city gets such facilities of STPs under OWSSB at present six numbers of new cesspool emptier vehicles of a collective capacity of 3,000 KL available with BMC, shall be handed over to Sainath Fabric Care Pvt. Ltd.
While the urban local body, besides taking effective steps for providing land of about 1,200 square feet for each site would also help in getting the power connection, the statutory permission and clearances from OSPCB and other agencies concerned required for setting up of these temporary STPs shall be obtained by Sainath Fabric Care Pvt. Ltd.