HYDERABAD: The municipal administration and urban development (MAUD) department found that around nine per cent of the existing Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in gated communities and commercial complexes under Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits are non-functional owing to the lack of maintenance, while another 9.4 per cent of them are yet to be constructed.

Officials said that the department will soon take action against the gated communities and other establishments that are not following the norms. “Due to non-maintainence of STPs in these gated communities and other apartment complexes, treated water is not being used for gardening, cleaning and other non-domestic purposes. It was also found that several STPs were not constructed despite the relevant authorities issuing the occupancy certificate,” said an official.

According to the audit analysis given by the officials, the total private STPs in GHMC, HMDA and Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation limits were 628 out of which 537 STPs were audited. The audit of remaining 91 STPs had to be put on hold due to Covid-19.

Highlighting the issue, a citizen, Sangeetha Maheshwaram tweeted, “Respected sir. Please focus on Sewage Treatment Plants in Gated Communities, Hospitals and Commercial Complexes. They release waste water directly into the nalas. So please set up any cell under MAUD (sic).”

Responding to the issue, the MAUD principal secretary tweeted, “We have taken up the audit of existing privately managed STPs in such communities and will initiate action against the defaulting gated communities and will ensure STPs are working”.

The aggregate operational capacity of existing STPs is 154.419 million litres per day (MLD), of which 137.379 MLD of water is being treated. A total of 79.679 MLD of treated water is being used for several purposes every day including gardening, flushing, cooling tower and selling treated excess water to GHMC.

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