Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a new state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant of 10 MLD capacity at Ramnagar in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The government is working on all fronts simultaneously for conservation and rejuvenation of river Ganga.
Under the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) a wide network of sewage treatment plants is setup to tap the flow of dirty water into the Ganga, so as to ensure cleanliness and e-flow of the holy river.
The Namami Gange Mission is emphasising on the construction of such sewage treatment plants that can meet the requirements of next 10-15 years, as well as rejuvenation of the entire flow area of the river Ganga instead of just a few cities and towns.
This STP at Varanasi is one of the first-of-its-kind, with state-of-the-art technology. It is built on the latest Anaerobic-Anoxic-Anoxic (A2O) technology.
The special feature of this STP with 10 MLD capacity is that the polluted water will be treated with modern and advanced equipment from different countries and only treated water will now fall into the Ganga river.
The foundation stone of this STP was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 November 2018. A total cost of Rs 72.91 crore has been incurred on its construction. With the opening of this STP plant, there will be a complete stoppage on the contaminated water falling into the Ganga from a total of five drains of Varanasi.
The project takes care of the operation and maintenance of the sewage treatment plant for the next 15 years. Filters imported from abroad have been installed for the plant which will purify the contaminated water.
This purified water will be released into the Ganga through the main pumping station. Some other equipment, including the main pumping station, has been imported from abroad, so that the contaminated water can be treated in advanced ways.
At the same time, the project of beautification and conservation of eight holy ponds of the city was also inaugurated by the Prime Minister in Varanasi district at a cost of 18.96 crore.
These kunds include Kalaha, Dudhiya, Lakshmi, Pahariya, Panchkosi, Kabir, Rewa and Bakharia Kunds. The conservation and beautification work of these ponds has been done under the National Mission for Clean Ganga through Clean Ganga Fund.