Heeding to the continuous protests by residents of Naguvanahalli who were opposing sewage water being released into Cauvery river, the government has sanctioned Rs 18.87 crore under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut) to revive the existing sewage treatment plant.
Sewage water was being let into 30 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Kesare through UGD laid in 2001. As the plant became partially defunct, the untreated sewage water from Kesare flowed into stormwater drain and Devarayana canal into the Cauvery river.
This led to protests and the residents claimed that the sewage water entered their farmland.
Now with the government sanctioning Rs 18.87 crore under Amrut, the untreated drain water will be intercepted and diverted back to STP.
The government has approved the project, allocated tender and will begin works from November.
Speaking to DH, N Prasanna Murthy, Executive Engineer, JnNurm, Mysore Division said, “All the work will be completed before March 2020. The present capacity of STP is 30MLD. In this project we will also enhance the capacity of Sewage Treatment Plant to 40 MLD per day. As per the guidelines of National River Conservation Plan, the untreated drain water will be diverted back to STP through pumping. The treated water will be let into the river. We will also provide additional floating aerators in the STP which helps to decrease the biochemical oxygen demand.”