SAMBALPUR:The construction work of a 200-KLD sewage treatment plant on the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) premises here has already started in a bid to improve the hygiene and sanitation of the hospital.
Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) is executing the work while National Health Mission (NHM) has sanctioned about Rs 1.54 crore for the plant. At present, laying of around 1,500 metres of sewerage line is being undertaken on hospital premises.
Though tender was floated in January and March for setting up the plant along with laying the sewerage line, no bidder was found suitable to execute the work. Later, the department took a decision to split the project components and execute the work on the sewerage line and plant separately.
Subsequently, a tender was floated for the sewerage line only. The firm, which was selected for the work, has already started laying the lines at an estimated cost of Rs 44 lakh.
Assistant Engineer of PHED, Sambalpur, Jadab Chandra Dehury said the tender for setting up the plant will be floated after sewerage lines are laid. It will be constructed at an estimated cost of around Rs 1.10 crore. The waste water of the hospital will be treated at the plant before being released into the drains, he added.
Sources said about 100 KLD waste water including hazardous wastes are generated from the 223-bed hospital everyday and drained into river Mahanadi directly.
Executive Engineer of PHED, Sambalpur, MR Nanda said the quality of water discharged into the drains will improve drastically and the oxygen demand of the water will reduce after treatment. Water can also be reused for other purposes like floor cleaning and gardening except human consumption, he added.