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Nagpur To Become India’s First City To Treat & Reuse Over 90% Of Its Sewage

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While the best urban settlements of India fear an impending water crisis and mounting sewage problem, Nagpur is about to set a pioneering example. The Category-A city in Maharashtra is all set to recycle and reuse over 91% of its sewage water, amounting to 480 million litres per day (MLD). The treated sewage water will be procured and used by local thermal power plants. This indicates that a similar amount of water will also be saved from the irrigation reservoirs. The proposal for enhancing the city’s sewage treatment capacity was recently tabled by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and the process has been initiated for fast implementation, reported The Times Of India.

The city generates sewage of around 525 million litres per day (MLD) as per the latest estimate. The amount of sewage continues to increase every day due to the rising population pressure. Presently, the existing two sewage treatment plants of Nagpur has the capacity of treating 130 MLD and 200 MLD respectively. The municipal body aims to augment the capacity of the newer plant from 200 MD to 350 MLD, bringing the total amount of treated sewage to 480 MLD.

1.7 million tonnes of urban sewage per day

In 2016, a report published by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Delhi revealed that urban India is responsible for generating a sewage waste burden of 1.7 million tonnes per day. However, most of the cities are still lagging behind when it comes to treating the sewage. 78% of this urban sewage goes untreated and directly ends up polluting our rivers, lakes and even oceans.

Highlighting the fact that Nagpur has always been proactive in terms of sewage treatment, NMC officials stated that only a handful of cities in India practice sewage treatment, that too well below 70 MLD capacity. Three years ago, NMC was the first in the country to commission a sewage treatment plant worth 130 MLD capacity, followed by one with 200 MLD.

Thermal power stations procuring the treated sewage

“All this could happen since thermal power stations are situated near the city,” an NMC official shared with The Times Of India. He also informed that the central and state government mandated that thermal power stations and industries within a radius of 50 km, must buy the treated sewage from the city.

At present, Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco) procures 130 MLD treated sewage from the first sewage treatment plant (STP) in Nagpur and has also signed a MoU with NMC to take an additional 190 MLD from the other plant. The treated sewage is utilised at the Koradi and Khaparkheda thermal power stations. Now, National Thermal Power Station (NTPC) has also entered a pact with NMC to obtain a sizeable portion of the treated sewage for the Mouda power station in Kumbhari, Maharashtra.

The entire project is actually creating a circular economy model as the entire expenditure will be sourced from the revenue earned from Manhagenco and NTPC.

100% sewage treatment in the next few years

NMC eyes to achieve a full circle in the near future by treating 100% of the city’s sewage. In this regard, the civic body has already coordinated with the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) to build smaller STPs with a capacity of 72 MLD. If operational, these STPs will reduce the pollution in the Nag and Pili, the two major rivers of Nagpur. In fact, in December 2018, NMC had announced a Rs 1,252.33 crore project for cleaning up the two rivers by 2023. ‘

Nagpur has indeed become a model city in India for successfully engineering the waste-to-wealth policy. Efforts For Good hopes other Indian cities follow the same footsteps.

Also Read: Indore IAS Officer Cleans Up 13,00,000 Tonnes Of Waste In 6 Months; Reclaims 100-Acre Dumpsite

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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