Cities such as Haridwar and Rishikesh are expected to have a 100 per cent sewage treatment facility as sewage management interventions in Uttarakhand is near completion. There are 31 sewage management projects sanctioned for the state at an estimated Rs 1,024.5 crore to create 155.45 MLD STP capacity and to rework on the 151.02 km of sewer network. As reported, out of the total 31 projects, almost 13 projects have been completed and have created a capacity of 24 MLD at Rs 139.5 crore. Of the remaining 18 projects, 16 have already been awarded, while two are under tendering.
The projects which have been awarded involve sewage treatment plant (STP), interception and diversion (I&D), upgradation of STPs at Jagjeetpur and Sarai of Haridwar, upgradation of STP in Tapovan in Rishikesh, pollution abatement works for river Alakananda in Kirtinagar, upgradation of existing STP in Srinagar, I&D and STP works in Srinagar, I&D and STP works in Joshimath, I&D and STP works in Rudraprayag, I&D and STP works in Karnprayag, upgradation of STP in Gyansu, upgradation of existing STP in Swargashram in Rishikesh, STP work in Muni-Ki-Reti in Rishikesh.
As reported, new STP of 26 MLD capacity at Lakkarghat has also been sanctioned under the Namami Gange programme, for which tendering is in progress. This project will be completed by 2019. Another project is already in progress to upgrade the STP at Swargashram and this work will reportedly be completed by June 2018. Together, these STPs will create sewage treatment capacity of 29 MLD. Besides, work on a 12.5-MLD capacity STP project at Muni-ki-Reti in Rishikesh has already started at Rs 67 crore.
To address the issue of sewer connectivity, the works on laying of 12 km sewer lines and rehabilitation of existing pumping stations are also part of the above project to improve the entire sewage management infrastructure in Rishikesh.