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City might get greater sewage treatment plant after all.

KARACHI, May 17 -- Work on the proposed greater sewage treatment plant for the city, a project that has remained in limbo for three years as the federal government had refused to take up the project, might start in three months, Daily Times has learnt.

The PC-I cost of the project, the feasibility of which was completed in 2006, has currently escalated to Rs 13 billion from the earlier approved cost of Rs 9 billion.

Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) Recovery Deputy Managing Director Misbahuddin Faridi told Daily Times that the federal government had asked the provincial government to own the project and afford all it expenses, as it was a provincial subject.

He said it has been decided now that the project would be initiated under a consortium of different authorities with an equal share. The Karachi Port Trust was declared as the key stakeholder with 33 percent share, while the federal and provincial governments agreed to partake the project cost with their share of 33 percent respectively, Faridi said.

The KWSB official said work on the greater sewage treatment plant might start in three months after the process of channelisation and new installations of sewage lines was completed. The current potable water supply to city comes to around 650 million gallon per day and the subsequent production of sewage amounts to 450 million gallons per day.

Faridi said the 450 million gallons of untreated sewage was dumped into the sea, and the greater sewage treatment plant would only be treating domestic sewage and not the waste produced by industries.

Thus, industrial waste would continue being dumped into the sea, untreated and unchecked.

Currently, sewage treatment plants are located in Mauripur, Shershah and Mehmoodabad.

The sewerage treatment plant of Mauripur has a capacity of treating 96 million gallons of sewage but it never worked to its full capacity due to a lack of channelisation of sewage flow.

It currently treats around 40 million gallon of sewage.

Conversely, the Shershah plant has a capacity of treating 54 million gallons of sewage, but it also works beneath the potential performance. The Mehmoodabad plant has a capacity of treating between 40 and 45 million gallons of sewage, but the recent conversion of the Mehmoodabad sewage treatment plant land might cause impediments for any proposed extension.

Initially, a piece of land was searched in Shah Faisal Colony for the plant, but there was no land available there on which such a huge plant could be established. Henceforth, the stakeholders selected Korangi to set up the greater sewage treatment plant. Though the plant would be used for treating around 200 million gallons of domestic sewage, the industrial waste would remain untreated despite the fact that the city's second largest industrial zone is located in the Korangi-Landhi area.

Moreover, the dung produced in cattle farms in Landhi-Bin Qasim - the second biggest cause of oceanic pollution - would also not be treated by the plant.

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