Odisha CS Visits Septage Treatment Plant In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy along with Principal Secretary Housing & Urban Development Department, Member Secretary, Odisha Water Supply & Sewerage Board (OWSSB) and Chief Scientist, Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) visited the 75 KLD Septage Treatment Plant (SeTP) located at Basuaghai in Bhubaneswar, on Monday.

They witnessed the functioning of the SeTP which is now treating the faecal waste generated from the City and is expected to considerably reduce contamination of water bodies in and around Bhubaneswar.

Operational since June 2018, the SePT in Bhubaneswar has been attracting a large number of  visitors, including senior Central and State Government officials, national and international FSSM practitioners and representatives of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) both from the State and India.  The plant treats both solid and liquid parts of septage in an integrated manner using the DEWATS technology.

A novel aspect of the plant is that it has been beautifully landscaped with flowering and fruit bearing trees and grass lawns, creating an aesthetically pleasing environment, something not usually expected in a septage treatment facility. Solar panels have been installed to generate green energy, further adding to the novel features of the SeTP. The garden and lawns within the plant premises are also open to the public who use it as a public park.

As per the Faecal Sludge & Septage Management (FSSM) Regulations 2018, all cesspool vehicles operating in Bhubaneswar are now mandated to register with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and dispose the septage emptied from septic tanks at the SeTP failing which the vehicles will be seized and operators heavily penalised. 

Odisha is the first state in the country to have notified the state-wide Model FSSM Regulations.  It is a critical step to regulate and monitor unsafe disposal of faecal sludge and septage in open areas and water bodies in urban areas. Its effective implementation is expected to generate better environment and health outcomes in the towns and cities of the State.