Bhubaneswar: VK Pandian Chairman of 5T and Nabin Odisha, in today’s meeting, emphasised strongly on maintaining the Daya River pollution-free. The directive was issued to the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB), Urban Development Department, and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to promptly address this concern.
As outlined in a press release from the Odisha Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the high-level meeting mandated the integration of contaminated water from various institutions in the BMC area into the sewer system. Furthermore, Pandian urged the creation of awareness programs to facilitate the swift connection of all BMC houses to the sewage network.
Watco is currently undertaking sewage projects in different parts of Bhubaneswar. Pandian expressed confidence that with coordinated efforts from various agencies, the public would not face inconvenience. He directed Watco to expedite sewage work, ensuring its completion within the specified timeframe. Additionally, steps were taken to connect all areas of the city, including slums, to the sewage system.
The meeting also resolved to construct an advanced technology treatment plant by Watco at the confluence of the Daya River and Gangua Canal to purify the water. To address the industrial aspect, regular inspections by IDCO, OSPCB, and BMC will ensure proper waste and water treatment by industries in Bhubaneswar.
Decisions were made for routine technical inspections by Watco and SPCB before reaching various sewage treatment plants in the city. Pandian instructed BMC to closely monitor waste-generating industries and other establishments within the BMC area to preserve the pollution-free status of the Daya River.
Under the leadership of BDA Vice Chairman Balwant Singh, the Daya Task Force is actively collaborating with various agencies to uphold the cleanliness of the river water. In the meeting, Mr. Balwant Singh provided a comprehensive presentation on the initiatives taken to safeguard the river’s cleanliness.