Mathura, 2017.12.26 (VT): It’s Yamuna that has sustained the life line of Vrindavan and Mathura for centuries. It is now gasping for breath due to excessive amount of pollution from the untreated sewer water going in it. It has been defiled desecrated and left for dead. It has been reduced to being stinking drain and its sanctity and ecological significance is becoming a thing of the past. The river can’t survive any longer, unless people join hands with the government to undertake the herculean task of reviving it and infusing life in its water.
There is some hope with Center’s Namami Gange Programme that was launched as a mission to achieve the target of cleaning the Ganga river in an effective manner with the unceasing involvement of all the stakeholders, especially five major Ganga basin States – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal.
Recently, the Union Government has given approval for the biggest Sewer Treatment Plant (STP) in Mathura under the ambitious Ganga Rejuvenation Program. The government has allocated Rs. 204 crore for the construction of the Sewer treatment plant having a capacity of 30 MLD.
The new STP will be installed near the old STP, behind the PMV polytechnic College. The work is due to begin around the last week of January or in early February. The government has also approved an STP for Vrindavan with a constructed wetland design.
Global tenders have been invited for the establishment of the new STP. The tender format was designed through the International Finance Corporation, a sister concern of the World Bank. The agency which will establish the STP will also have to upgrade the existing STPs and Sewer Pumping Station. The capacity of the old STPs will be enhanced and the pump will be replaced. The renovated STPs and new STP are to be ready for functioning in two years time. The company that will establish the new STP will be responsible to upkeep all the STPs for fifteen years.
After the completion of the tender processes, administrative approval, the projects expenditure will be sanctioned by the executives of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).
Allahabad High Court recently admonished the District Authorities of Mathura for not taking action to prevent Yamuna Pollution. Two officials, who were held responsible for negligence, were suspended.