The Madurai Corporation approved the establishment of a sewage treatment plant (STP) with two million liters per day (MLD) capacity at Vaigai river to treat sewage water carried by the Pandhalkudi channel before entering the river course.
According to officials, the STP would be established at an estimated cost of Rs 3.15 crore of which Rs 2.5 crore will be contributed by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund and the remaining by the corporation. The detailed project report was approved by the state government recently.
Untreated sewage water entering Vaigai has been creating various environmental issues. With the civic body constructing two check dams under the smart city scheme across Vaigai, the sewage water gets stagnated. To check the issue, the civic body planned three STPs son the Vaigai river at Vilangudi, Alwarpuram and Vandiyur. According to officials, the approval for the Vilangudi and Vandiyur STPs will be obtained from the council soon.
Various other resolutions, including laying of new road in Burma Colony in ward number 8 at Rs 36.50 lakh, laying of new pipelines at Al Amin Nagar, Selvi Nagar and Roja Nagar, which come under ward 25 at Rs 21 lakh, laying of main pipeline in Poriyalar Nagar between one and eight streets at Rs 21.30 lakh and purchase of sanitary napkins for corporation school students at Rs 7.89 lakh were also passed.