Clean Gomti drive completed with success: New STP for Lucknow

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Lucknow, Jul 9 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh government today announced to set up the country's largest Sewage Treatment Plant(STP) in the state capital in order to maintain cleaness of the Gomti river.

State advisory council chairman and Rajya Sabha member Satish Chandra Mishra announcing this after inspecting the 12 kilomters of the river here said that the work on the new STP, costing around Rs 160 crore, would commence on July 20 and would be completed within a year.

'' This STP with a capacity of 345 MLD would be the largest in the country for which 120 hectare of land have been acquired by the district authorities'', he said. He said by December all the 26 nullahs of Lucknow would be linked to the proposed new STP while orders have been issued to install iron nets in all the drains to check polythenes.

Presently there is a small STP of 42 MLD in the state capital whose capacity would also be raised to 100 MLD.

Earlier, Mr Mishra along with state Urban Development Minister Nakul Dubey and several officials inspected the clearness drive of the Gomti river and inaugurated the New Laxman Park on the banks of the river. He also inaugurated the statue of Lord Laxman in the park and launched the plantation drive in the park.

Mr Mishra talking to mediapersons, assured that now the state government would take full care of clearliness of Gomti river and will ensure adequate funding for it. ''Gomti river all through its course from Pilibhit and other districts would be cleaned and after the monsoon season'', he said adding that the beautification of the banks of the river would also be taken up in later phases.

He said in 2003 a private company was engaged to clean Gomti but even after spending Rs 2.44 crores only 4 kilometers of river was cleaned.'' But this time only Rs 10.85 lakhs were spent and 12 kilometer of the river was cleaned'', he claimed.

Meanwhile, the clean Gomti drive launched by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation, Lucknow Development Authorities and supported by the government and non-government organisations, was completed today, one week ahead of the deadline. Several ministers, police and civil officials and renowned personalities had participated in the drive started from June 15 last.

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