In-situ remediation in drains of 13 river cities coming quickly; e-auto-rickshaws to exchange diesel autos in Amritsar
CHANDIGARH: The Captain Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Government has launched a serious drive to clean the river waters in the state. Under the ‘save surroundings’ marketing campaign, varied works costing Rs 2,140-crore have been initiated to mitigate water air pollution in the rivers.
The works, being undertaken by the Local Government division, embrace laying of sewerage methods and set up of sewerage therapy crops (STPs).
Besides, in-situ remediation in the drains of 13 river cities will begin shortly and will likely be accomplished inside 6 months. This will primarily be undertaken in these cities the place the sewerage system doesn’t exist.
In one other necessary resolution, the state authorities has determined to free the holy metropolis Amritsar of diesel-run auto-rickshaws and exchange them with electrical battery-operated auto-rickshaws to examine the air and noise air pollution attributable to them.
These selections and the evaluate of the continued air pollution management works in the state had been taken at a high-level assembly, chaired by the Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, right here on Tuesday.
The Local Government division apprised the Chief Secretary the work to set up 38 STPs in the river cities will likely be allotted very shortly.
To examine air pollution due to industrial effluents, a CETP of 15 MLD capability has already been put in and two CETPs of 40 and 50 MLD capability every will likely be put in by June. This will assist in discount of air pollution in Sutlej river.
In one other initiative to rejuvenate the village ponds, it was briefed by the Rural Development and Panchayats division that work to rejuvenate 223 village ponds had already been completed whereas the work to rejuvenate 1,062 ponds was underway by adopting Seechewal/ Haripur mannequin and will likely be accomplished inside three months.
Under a brand new scheme to part out outdated diesel-operated auto-rickshaws, the state authorities has chosen Amritsar to launch this scheme and exchange the prevailing diesel-run autos with electrical battery-operated auto-rickshaws in the holy metropolis.
As per the proposed scheme, 7,500 diesel-operated auto-rickshaws will likely be changed with e-auto-rickshaws in Amritsar. For this, a subsidy of Rs 75,000 will likely be supplied to every auto proprietor to exchange their diesel car with electrical one.
Besides mitigating the air and noise air pollution, the introduction of e-autos will scale back the operating price by 66 per cent.
The Chief Secretary desired that this mannequin can also be replicated in different main cities of the state.
The assembly was additionally knowledgeable that two necessary insurance policies — faecal sludge and septage administration coverage and e-waste administration coverage — had been in the superior stage of finalisation and will likely be applied inside subsequent 3 months.
The Chief Secretary directed all of the departments to take the required measures to examine main environmental hazards, particularly air pollution in the river waters, air and waste administration.
Principal Secretary Local Government Ajoy Sinha, Additional Chief Secretary Rural Development and Panchayats Seema Jain, Principal Secretary Transport Ok Siva Prasad, Secretary Environment Rahul Tiwari, PPCB chairman SS Marwaha, and Director, Environment Saurabh Gupta attended the assembly.