IEP Chandigarh, August 5
Haryana Public Health Engineering Minister, Dr. Banwari Lal said that in the tenure of present government, 71 sewage treatment plants have been constructed and are operational in various cities across the state. Additionally, construction work for sewage treatment plants in 4 cities is underway. An amount of approximately Rs 446.08 crore has been allocated for these projects. The Public Health Engineering Minister was addressing the public grievances of representatives came from waterlogged areas including Yamunanagar, Fatehabad, Ambala, Kaithal, and Hisar, and assured prompt resolutions. The Minister informed them that officials have been directed to provide proper drainage and clean drinking water in the waterlogged regions of the state. Any negligence from officers in this matter will result in stringent actions being taken against them, he added. The Public Health Engineering Minister further informed that the construction of sewage treatment plants in Sadhaura (Yamunanagar), Nangal Chowdhary (Mahendergarh), Tohana (Fatehabad), and Hisar is currently under progress. The cost of these four projects is estimated at Rs 36.97 crore and the projects are expected to be completed soon. He emphasized that the establishment of 75 sewage treatment plants, with a total cost of Rs 486.05 crore, will not only contribute to irrigation but also provide purified water to citizens, power plants, and industries. The Public Health Engineering Minister said that an improved policy is currently being implemented throughout the state to facilitate the recycling of treated water. An initial action plan with a budget of Rs 500 crore has been prepared, focusing on enhancing the capacity of 27 sewage treatment plants. These plants are set up to purify and recycle 339.50 million liters per day (MLD) of water. The state has set a target to reuse 1,000 MLD of treated water which will be consumption by power plants, municipal corporations, industries, and irrigation zones in the state. Dr. Banwari Lal said that comprehensive efforts are underway to ensure water for irrigation reaches every corner across the state and to resolve issues of waterlogging. The government’s primary objective is to efficiently utilize purified water and prevent waterlogging caused by rainwater in any part of the state. Consequently, there is a significant focus on enhancing sewage plant capacities and maximizing the utilization of treated sewage water in the state.