The defunct sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the 170 municipalities across Gujarat are expected to be made functional again using solar power. The state government’s urban development department has initiated a pilot project to run STPs in eight municipalities and water treatment plants (WTPs) in 15 towns on solar energy instead of the conventional electricity.
Most STPs in the urban local bodies (ULCs) have been languishing due to heft power bills and poor electricity managements. Sources said that the municipalities owe an estimated Rs 300 crore to various state-run distribution companies.
Officials said that the detailed project report (DPR) for the eight STPs and 15 WTPs is expected to be ready in a month after which work orders will be issued to develop solar energy mechanism. Read More