KARACHI: Secretary Environment and Alternative Energy Department, Government of Sindh Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shallwani, asked the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate Limited to put the newly built combined effluent treatment plant CETP at Kotri into operation by 15th August.
This was decided in a meeting held under the chair of Secretary Environment on Wednesday here in which representatives of SITE Limited, Irrigation Department Government of Sindh and Karachi Water & Sewerage Board briefed about their performance with respect to their efforts for the industrial pollution control in Kotri Industrial Area adjacent to Hyderabad.
The issue of disposal of untreated domestic sewage into KB Feeder was also discussed in the meeting and need stressed to put a domestic sewage treatment plant under Annual Development Plan to resolve this issue. Irrigation Department, Government of Sindh was also urged to close all inlets of sewage falling into the KB Feeder throughout its passage from Kotri barrage till its termination at Keenjhar Lake to avoid any likelihood of watering of crops with domestic sewage.
Karachi Water and Sewerage Board was also asked to set up water quality testing labs at Keenjhar to regularly check water quality, in order to ensure supply of safe water to the citizens of Karachi.
It may be pointed out that industrial wastewater load in Kalri Bagahar Canal of Kotri will be reduced by 2.5 million gallon per day MGD after the combined effluent treatment plant CETP installed in Kotri industrial area with the financial assistance of Sindh Government will work at its full capacity subject to utilization of its services by all the industries of the referred area.
The PCI of CETP was approved in April 2010 at the cost of Rs667 million and work was awarded to M/s ARA Joint Venture in June 2010 collaborating with M/s ARITIM MUHENDISILK Turkish firm who supplied technology of plant and machinery.
The capacity of the plant is 2.5 MGD and is installed at the land of 6.00 acres. The wastewater of nearly 99 industries situated in Kotri Industrial Area would be treated in referred CETP if all the operational industries utilize its services.