Sunday, January 29, 2023

State’s first Sewage treatment plant inaugurated

Staff Reporter

Public Health Engineer (PHE) minister Jacob Zhimomi inaugurated the first ever sewage treatment plant– “Pollution abatement of rivers Diphu and Dhansiri”, at Shozukhu village on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said it was a-long awaited project to be commissioned and a challenging one, in which PHE department had put up a lot of efforts to make sure that it was completed.
He expressed the hope that the project would be successful and have a positive impact on rest of the State as it was eco and environment friendly. While congratulating the department for its effort in completing the project, he encouraged everyone to take care of the infrastructure and facilities and make best use of these.
Jacob said that the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken a serious note of the pollution in rivers across the country. He said Dhansiri and Diphu rivers in Nagaland were targeted as these had become highly polluted and the flow of sewage had to be stopped.
Jacob also spoke about the various waste management projects carried out under Swachh Bharat Mission like open-defecation free (ODF) and ODF Plus (Grey Water Management, Plastic Waste Management, Faecal Sludge Management, Biodegradable Waste Management and IEC). He stated that Nagaland was declared ODF in 2018.
Delivering technical report, PHE chief engineer Thsathrichem Sangtam said the project was approved and sanctioned in 2005 by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) under National River Conservation Plan.
He mentioned that currently the project was being monitored by National River Conservation Directorate under the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Union Ministry of Jal Shakti.
He disclosed the total cost of project was Rs 78.65 crore and the funding ratio was 70:30 – Centre share 70% and State share 30%. After its sanction on August 30, 2005, work had started on December 5, 2005 and it was scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2022, but was commissioned earlier, he pointed out.
Sangtam explained that the objective of the project was interception, diversion and treatment of waste water flowing into the rivers so as to prevent and control pollution on Dhansiri and Diphu rivers.
He mentioned that the main works of the project included interception and collection of waste water point sources from three drains – Lengrinullah, Hospital drain and Sugar Mill drain – emptying into Dhansiri river, besides diversion of the drains from collection point to sewage treatment plant located at Shozukhu village.

DMC to take over project: He said the area comprised of 13.8 hectares (25 puras and three bighas) and that, as per the DPR, PHE had to hand over the project officially to Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) upon its completion for operation and maintenance works. However, during the initial phase of its functioning, the department would operate and maintain it, after which it will be officially handed over to DMC, he mentioned.
Speaking on the occasion, PHE secretary Mhathung Tungoe observed that one result of urbanisation was unwanted accumulation of garbage and pollution of rivers. However, with the execution and operationalisation of the project, he hoped that the waste in the rivers would be alleviated and abated.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Dimapur Mhalo Humtsoe congratulated PHE and the village for the milestone achievement and coming up with the vision of treatment plant. She stressed that the project was the need of the hour when the people were facing so much problem with sewage management.
With the initiative, she hoped that more awareness would be created among the citizen to safeguard, protect and keep the environment clean and beautiful. She also appealed to general public to be responsible citizens and learn to take care of public property as assets as these belonged to us all.
In his short speech, Shozukhu village head GB S Ghozheto Aye assured cooperation from the villagers to any developmental activity.
The programme was chaired by Bendangtola Walling from PHE Dimapur urban division, invocation prayer was proposed by Shozukhu village Baptist Church pastor Khetoli Yepthomi and welcome address was delivered by PHE chief engineer and head of department Repangyangba Longkumer.
Later, vote of thanks was delivered by PHE Dimapur circle superintendent engineer Gwatilo Tep and benediction was proposed by L Hotovi Baptist Church pastor Rev Lujeto Yepthom.

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