Indore: Tardy pace of building ATP polluting Khan river

Indore: Construction of Affluent Water Treatment Plant (ATP) at Sanwer road industrial area, an ambitious project with aim of helping in purification of Kshipra River, is running at a tardy pace. One part of the project is only 50% complete, while laying down of pipeline network for affluent water has not been rolled out yet.

Sanwer Road industrial area is considered as a one of the biggest industrial areas of the state which houses over 1500 units of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) category units of all manufacturing sectors. Prominent industrial area of the state is divided in six sectors from A to F at both sides of Sanwer road.

OP Dhoot, president, Association of Industries of Madhya Pradesh (AIMP), said that the state government had allotted over 2 lakh square feet land to the association in 2010. That time it was decided that AIMP would build the ATP. But later the project was handed over to Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) in 2013. Owing to Simhastha in Ujjain, IMC included the project under Khan and subsequently Kshipra rivers purification project.

IMC had awarded the contract to a Delhi-based company in 2014 to build ATP plant and laying down of 27 km long network of pipelines from industries to the plant. The contract was given for Rs 14.5 crore. The project had to be completed by March 2016, well before onset of Simhastha.

As per the plan an ATP plant had to be set up side by side of Khan river in sector F of Sanwer Road. The plant will purify the affluent water of industrial units and then that water would be released in Khan river which ultimately emerges in Kshipra River in Ujjain. Thus, ATP would be helping in purification of Kshipra river before Simhastha. But this could not be done so.

At present ATP plant is complete only about 50%. Laying down of network of pipelines could not be rolled out. Tardy pace of working of IMC is irritating the industrialists, which is ultimately adding pollution in Khan and Kshipra rivers. I have no answer as to when it is expected to be completed.- OP Dhoot, president, Association of Industries of Madhya Pradesh

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