The much-awaited second state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant at Tonca, Panaji to cater the needs of outskirts of Panaji – Taleigao, Dona Paula, Caranzalim and a portion of Goa University would be commissioned by June.
The under-construction 15MLD sewerage treatment plant for Taleigao constituency is designed with C-Tech (cyclic activated sludge technology), for biological treatment of all industrial and domestic effluents.
Goa was first state in the country to build C-Tech sewerage treatment plant of 12.5 MLD to cater the needs of Panaji city in the year 2005.
However, replicating similar model with minor changes, similar plant of 15 MLD for the Taleigao constituency is being built adjacent to the exiting Panaji plant with an estimated cost of ` 23.46 crore by a Pune-based engineering firm.
The significance of C-Tech plant is that it can be set up in an extremely small area — the present plant is being built in 4000 square meters adjacent to the exiting plant and same would be connected to it.
“Nearly 75 per cent of the work has been completed. Electric and machine installation work is left which would be completed before June and the plant would be commissioned in the month of June,” said the assistant engineer, Mr Tulshidas Shirodkar.
The work on plant had begun in the year 2009, but could not be completed due to the lack of funds.
The new sewerage line is being laid under a sewerage scheme for Taleigao, Dona Paula, Caranzalem, Goa University and parts of Miramar.
Under the scheme, 40-km sewerage network to cover an area of 8.5 sq km besides sewerage treatment plant, at the cost of `136.67 crore have been proposed.
While the building of sewage treatment plant is the phase one of the sewerage scheme, the laying of the sewerage network has been split into two phases.
With the commissioning of the new plant the immediate areas of Taleigao that would be connected with sewerage network would be – Wodle-Bhat and Miramar-Dona Paula road. [NT]