Noida to set up STP in Sec 62 to treat garbage from Khoda

  • | Tuesday | 14th November, 2023

NOIDA: Following an order by the NGT, the Noida Authority has been asked to set up an STP in Sector 62 to treat waste discharged from Khoda. The Authoritys water department has now finalised a 16,000 sqm plot for the STP. While the project cost is being estimated, it is likely to be completed in about a month. The move comes following NGTs observation that Khoda discharges untreated wastewater into the drainage system of the PWD office in Delhi near the CRPF camp, which merges with the Kondli drain. Noidas water department has also roped in the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to inspect the 30 stormwater drains that discharge effluents into the Kondli drain, thus polluting the Yamuna river. We have made an estimated budget for this STP, which is going to be finalised by Thursday evening. Apart from this, NEERI will do a topographic survey of 30 drains falling into Kondli, which has already been initiated. Their report is expected in a month. In 2020, the NGT ordered the UP irrigation department and the Noida Authority to jointly carry out the treatment of the Kondli drain. Complying with the order, we made three wetlands in Sector 142 near Advent Tower, Sector 50, and near NSEZ, at a cost of Rs 21 crore, said an official from the water department.But, in March this year, the CPCB stated in their report that Samples of Noida drains collected at different locations of the wetlands indicate that the concentration at the inlet and outlet of the constructed wetlands with respect to BOD (biochemical oxygen demand), COD (chemical oxygen demand), and TSS (toxic shock syndrome) is same, and no substantial improvement is observed.The legal battle to clean Kondli drain was initiated by Noida-based environmentalist Abhisht Gupta in 2018. We also published the following articles recently2 search for slipper in drain, drownTwo men drowned in Shahdaras Farsh Bazar area in Delhi while trying to retrieve a slipper that had fallen into a drain. The victims, Sagar and Bablu, jumped into the drain to search for the slipper but were unable to escape due to the depth of the drain. The bodies were recovered by police and firefighters after an hour of searching. The incident occurred during desilting work in the area, which had made the drain deeper.Noida pollution: Greater Noida in toxic trap; 12 days & countingThe air quality in Greater Noida, a city near Delhi, has been consistently poor for the past two weeks due to pollution caused by farm fires, construction activity, and industrial and vehicular emissions. The city has recorded the worst air quality in the country on multiple days. Experts have attributed this to meteorological factors, such as wind patterns and cold weather conditions. Authorities have implemented measures to improve the situation, including a ban on construction and the use of mechanical sweeping machines and water sprinkling. Residents have reported health issues, and doctors have advised precautions, especially for children.Noida AQI severe again, Greater Noida at severe-plusThe air quality in Noida, India slipped back into the severe category on Wednesday, with an air quality index (AQI) of 405. This comes after a slight improvement over the last two days. Greater Noida also experienced severe air quality for the seventh consecutive day, with an AQI of 480. Ghaziabad remained in the upper levels of the very poor category with an AQI of 385. The state government has suspended physical classes in schools until November 10 due to the worsening air pollution. Residents blame unchecked construction activities and industrial units for the poor air quality.

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