Faridadabad, May 3
A sewage treatment plant (STP), built at a cost of several lakhs near the village of Mirzapur located within the civic limits of the city, has not been in operation for more than six years. This led to the accumulation of sewage waste on 45 acres, affecting both living conditions and the ecology.
The filthy civic conditions that have developed as a result of the constant dumping of untreated waste have left the villagers waiting.
“Instead of providing relief, the STP has become a source of constant pollution and unsanitary civic conditions, forcing some families to migrate to other localities. I am one of those who moved,” explains Narveer Yadav, a former resident.
Although the matter has been taken up with the relevant authorities, including the CM’s Twitter account and other officials, no relief has been forthcoming so far, he claims.
Another resident, Balwan Singh, said the sewage not only affected air and water quality, but damaged plants and trees.
“The stinky water has become a source of disease, in addition to the foul smell,” says Udham Singh, another resident.
“The 45 million liters per day (MLD) wastewater treatment plant, intended for the treatment of wastewater collected from various parts of the city, had been set up as part of the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) it about 20 years ago. But due to poor maintenance, it has become non-functional,” say sources within the civic body. Although the city needs a sewage treatment capacity of 500 MLD, treatment up to 35 MLD is available, he reveals.
Nitin Kadian, Executive Engineer, Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF), claimed that Mirzapur STP was transferred to MCF in a dilapidated state in 2014. He said the civic body was constructing new STPs with a capacity of 80 and 100 MLD respectively in Mirzapur. and Pratapgarh villages and these would be ready next year. Another STP with a capacity of 30 MLD, built by HSVP, is also expected to be ready by July 2022, it added.