Chandigarh: The highly polluting Budah Nallah at Ludhiana is all set for rejuvenation, with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday approving a Rs 650 crore project for the same. The Chief Minister has asked the Local Government Department to ensure the timely completion of the project, within two years.
Presiding over a high level meeting here, Captain Amarinder Singh directed Additional Chief Secretary Local Government, Sanjay Kumar, to take all necessary steps for rejuvenation of Budah Nallah, having total length of 47.55km, of which 14 km passes through Ludhiana city. The city has been heavily polluted by the industrial and domestic waste thrown into the Nallah, causing a major threat to public health and environment.
Captain Amarinder Singh called for maximum public participation and also asked the local industry, NGOs, religious and social organisations to come forward to carry out this project in a mission mode.
Accompanied by Local Government Minister Brahm Mohindra, the Chief Minister lauded the contribution of Head Namdhari Sect, Satguru Thakur Uday Singh, for taking personal initiative for the cleaning of Budah Nallah in coordination with the Municipal Corporation Ludhiana.
Satguru ji also contributed a sum of Rs. 30 lakh for the purchase of machinery etc for this noble cause.
Apprising the Chief Minister about the rejuvenation plan of Budah Nallah, the ACS Local Government said that out of total Rs. 650 crore, Rs. 342 crore would be spent by the State Government while Rs. 208 crore would be contributed by the GoI and Rs. 100 crore by the private operator. He said that under the first phase, augmentation and refurbishment of sewage treatment facility, dairy effluent treatment, survey to find out missing links for industrial effluent and laying of dedicated conveyance system for industrial waste water to carry the same to Common Effluent Treatment Plant, if required, would be executed.
The second phase, involving Rs 150 crore, would include reuse of treated effluent, and landscaping and beautification along the Buddha Nallah would also be undertaken at a cost of Rs. 283 crore.
Referring to the CETPs for treatment of the industrial waste, with total capacity of 105 MLD, Secretary Local Government Ajoy Sharma informed the meeting that a CETP having a capacity of 50 MLD would be installed at Tajpur Road, Jamalpur Area by May this year. Another CETP at Focal Point Industrial Area, Jamalpur, having capacity of 40 MLD, would be commissioned by March 2020, whereas a CETP at Bahadurke Road had already been commissioned on December 31, 2019.
Notably, the actual waste discharge being generated in the city is 711 mld, which includes 610 mld of domestic sewage discharge, 15 mld discharge from the dairy complex and industrial effluent discharge of 86mld (as per the consents given by PPCB). At present, the city has an installed sewage treatment capacity of 466 mld and another 105 mld capacity of Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) for industrial waste water treatment is under installation.
CM’s Media Advisor Raveen Thukral, Principal Secretary Finance Anirudh Tiwari, Principal Secretary Water Resources A. Venu Prasad, CM’s Principal Secretary Tejveer Singh, Secretary Local Government Ajoy Sharma, Additional Principal Secretary to CM Jatinder Jorwal, Mayor Ludhiana Balkar Singh Sandhu and Commissioner Municipal Corporation Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar were present at the meeting.