Critically polluting Kanpur tanneries to soon get a new CETP
Currently, the Ganga ministry is tackling the herculean task of cleaning Ganga through a multidimensional approach that involves curbing industrial pollution, urban sewage pollution and even pollution from villages along the holy river.
Shashi Shekhar said that the Ganga ministry has delayed the tender process for sewage treatment plants (STP's) as a few state governments said that they will be unable to fund the upkeep of the STP's for a long time.
The Centre also recently announced that it will use the hybrid annuity model to bid for sewage treatment plants across 118 urban local bodies. Under this model, up to 40% capital cost will be paid by government through construction linked milestones and the balance through an annuity over the contract duration up to 20 years.
As part of this process, the Centre will fund the CETP for the Jajmau area too that is home to several tanneries and is located on the Kanpur-Varanasi stretch of river Ganga, a grossly polluting stretch. "We will fund the new CETP at Jajmau and the tender process is likely to begin in April. The industry will have to bear operation and maintenance costs," Shekhar said.
He added that the new CETP will need to have a capacity of 18-20 million litres per day (MLD) to handle the load from the tannery cluster in Jajmau. The Jajmau area of Kanpur has four major drains and they carry storm water as well as industrial effluents into river Ganga. Tanneries are the biggest source of pollution in Kanpur and 400 of them are present in the Jajmau cluster, discharging 22 million litres MLD of effluents.
During a visit to the Jajmau cluster last year, a Central Pollution Control Board team recorded that pieces of flesh, hides and other tannery waste was observed at the existing sewage treatment plants.