STPs to come up in Varanasi, Haridwar

The union government has approved setting up of sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Haridwar and Varanasi in the public-private partnership mode for a combined cost of ₹324.69 crore under its Namami Gange programme.

Pune-based HNB Engineering Pvt Ltd has bagged the contract for constructing the two STPs of an aggregate capacity of 82 million litres per day (MLD) in Varanasi.

The project to build a 50 MLD plant at Haridwar has been awarded to a consortium led by Essel Infra Projects. These projects are expected to be up and running in less than two years.

The tripartite agreement was signed by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), the nodal agency for Namami Gange programme, the private firms and respective state water authorities in the presence of Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari.

NMCG Director General UP Singh said in a statement: “These projects are the country’s first two hybrid annuity projects for the development of sewage infrastructure. They will ensure that untreated sewage from these cities does not flow into the Ganga, giving a boost to our flagship Namami Gange programme.”

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