Following complaints from residents of Mamata Society, municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar asked officials of NMC and representatives of NGO Green Vigil Foundation to inspect the project. NMC executive engineer Amin Akhtar, deputy engineer Gurubakshani, Kaustav Chatterjee, Surbhi Jaiswal and Mehul Kosurkar from Green Vigil Foundation visited the project on Tuesday.
The team was surprised to find NIT had constructed STP with capacity of 0.3 million litres per day (MLD) in a residential area, adjoining the compound wall of the Vaid family house. There are residences on all three sides of the STP. Barren land leading to catchment area of Sonegaon lake is situated on the remaining side.
Chatterjee said citizens will have to face foul smell and such other problems due to the STP in residential area. “NIT constructed STP using phytorid technology. There will be no problem of sound. Foul smell is very less in phytorid technology compared to other technologies of sewage treatment. But there would be odour as treatment of sewage will be done and it would be open to sky,” he said.
Local resident Narendra Samyak told TOI the project will be hell for residents. “The project was planned close to the bank of the lake. Shockingly, the project was shifted to our colony for reasons known only to NIT officials. There is huge vacant space on lake’s bank, but that was not considered. We met and requested corporators, NIT officials and office of union minister Nitin Gadkari before work began on the project. No one paid heed to our complaints,” he said.
Members of Vaid family, Samyak and others gathered at the spot and expressed their fears about the project. Akhtar assured to discuss the issue with NIT officials.
NIT officials said every effort will be taken to ensure there are no problems for citizens. “We used Neeri’s technology and constructed the entire project under Neeri’s supervision. Project is required as it will ensure there is no flow of untreated sewage into the lake, which would benefit not only the water body but also all areas situated adjoining the lake, cattle and birds,” they said.
NIT has constructed the STP through a joint venture with Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd and Ayyappa Infra Projects Private Ltd. The joint venture of the companies will operate and maintain the STP for five years.
The residents also requested NMC officials to clear a natural water stream flowing through their residential area towards the lake. “The stream is blocked due to dumping of debris and works of STP. We fear our houses will be water logged during monsoon due to this,” they said.
Akhtar assured to discuss the issue with NIT officials to resolve the problem.