The proposed new sewage treatment plant (STP) in Panchapur is expected to be implemented under the Nadanthai Vazhi Cauvery project with financial support from the central government.
The existing Panchapur sewage treatment plant, located a few meters from the Tiruchi-Madurai highway, was established on a large land owned by the Tiruchi City Corporation in 1995. The 87 MLD capacity plant treats sewage sewage collected from households that have underground drainage connections as part of phase I of the UGD project. Treated wastewater is directed to open land and the Company uses the waste stabilization pond technique to absorb the treated water.
The civic body had originally planned to reorganize and rejuvenate the STP to use unused land to treat wastewater to be collected under Phase II of the UGD project. But the Corporation abandoned the plan following a proposal to build an integrated bus terminus at Panchapur on the Tiruchi-Madurai highway on the outskirts of the city.
In addition, the terminus is expected to be built on the Company’s vacant site, which is located close to the existing STP. Therefore, the Company decided to dismantle the STP and set up a new STP in a remote corner of 574 acres of Company land.
The new STP will be funded by the central government under the Nadanthai Vazhi Cauvery Project, which aims to safeguard the Cauvery River from environmental degradation in the densely populated towns and villages along the course of the river. The Water Resources Department (WRD) will execute the STP project for Tiruchi Corporation. The preparation of the detailed project report is in progress. The design and techniques to be adopted for the treatment of sewage will be known after the completion of the DPR, sources said. The Hindu.
The sources add that the new sewage treatment plant will be constructed to treat sewage collected from households under the UGD Phase I and Phase II projects. The treatment plant will not be less than 100 MLD. Land for the plant and plots of land to pass the treated wastewater have also been identified.