Div Com reviews progress of work on sewerage projects

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 20: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer today chaired a meeting to review progress on various ongoing sewerage network projects and new plants proposed for the city, here.
The Divisional Commissioner directed the agencies to categorise their targets with respect to number of households, effluent volume and nallahs to be tapped. He sought detailed stage wise progress on each individual portion of the city’s sewerage network.
While examining the presentation by UEED, the Div Com stressed that certain areas like project reports should be improved. He directed the agency representative(s) to identify bottlenecks and eliminate the same.
The Divisional Commissioner insisted that the agencies design the ambitious project with the aim of arresting dump of undesirable city effluents into river Tawi at the earliest, and set separate targets on the projects for its right and left banks.
Dr Langer was informed that roughly 40% of the projected number of households and its population on the right bank of River Tawi, has been linked with sewerage lines and the projects for saturating the rest population are under preparation. A total of 293 kms of sewerage network has been laid on the right bank in parts of Jammu East/Jammu West areas (Zone I&II). A total of 55,000 households have been tapped till date under the ongoing projects.
There are total 13 Nallahs draining into the river on the right bank and the departmental officials apprised the Div Com that approx Rs 500 cr will be required to fully tap them and lay complete network to fully cover all households on the right bank of City.
NBCC was reprimanded for being unable to complete the balance 1850 household connections under JNNURM/Languishing sector scheme and deadline of January 15, 2022 was set for the same.
67 MLD capacity of Sewerage treatment plants (STPs) stands created in Bhagwati Nagar. The Div Com directed the respective officers to submit reports of daily inflow-outflow and power consumption logs of sewage treatment plants currently running in the city in addition to their BOD-COD test levels summaries.
Meanwhile, the Div Com was apprised that works on sewerage scheme costing Rs 51 cr is under progress through UEED on the left bank of Tawi River in which 05 Nallahs are to be tapped.
Work on 4 MLD STP is compete however, the works on sewerage network is progressing at a very slow pace; upon which SE UEED was directed by the Div Com to invoke penalty clause on the contractor and get works executed at the risk and cost of the defaulting contractor.
Those present in the meeting included Commissioner JMC, Avny Lavasa; Director ERA Jammu, Ravinder Mansotra; Executive Director, NBCC, MK Chawla; Chief Engineer PHE Jammu, Manish Kumar Bhat; Chief Engineer R&B, Manzoor Hussain, Chief Engineer, PDD (JPDCL) Ashwani Sachdewa, SE UEED, Rakesh Kumar among other senior officers.