In a step that would make Hyderabad the first city in the country to treat 100 per cent of its sewage, the Telangana government on Thursday (23 September) approved two mega projects worth over Rs 5,000 crore to undertake drinking water and sewerage works within Greater Hyderabad limits.
The two projects include establishing 31 Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), in addition to the existing 25 STPs, at an estimated cost of Rs 3,866 crore, constructing additional service reservoirs for 137 MLD and laying a new pipelines network at Rs 1,200 crore.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) will lay a new pipeline network covering about 2,100 km to supply adequate water to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Gram Panchayats falling under ORR limits but beyond GHMC limits, reports Telangana Today.
“This is good news for Hyderabadis. Never in the history of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board’s (HMWSSB) have administrative sanctions been accorded for over Rs 5,000 crore in one day,” Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao.
“Once the 31 new STPs become operational, it will aid in the treatment of 1,950 MLD sewage including 1,650 million litres per day (MLD) generated in GHMC limits and 300 MLD generated in ORR areas. This would meet the sewage treatment requirements for the next 10 years,” he said.
“This will make Hyderabad the only city in the country to achieve 100 per cent sewage treatment,” he added.
Presently, 25 STPs are treating 772 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage of the 1,650 MLD generated in GHMC limits.