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Less than 12 percent of Shimla's sewage treated: CAG

Himachal Pradesh,Business/Economy,Environment/Wildlife, Tue, 10 Apr 2012 IANS

Shimla, April 10 (IANS) Less than 12 percent of the total sewage generated in Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla is treated, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has said.


Home to 194,420 people as per the 2010 data, the city daily generates 34.41 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage.


The CAG slammed the state government for not achieving the targets on sewage treatment.


The objective of providing a pollution-free environment and checking contamination of water resources downstream remained unachieved despite incurring an expenditure of Rs.91.05 crore, said the CAG report.


It said in October 2005, six sewage treatment plants with a capacity of 35.63 MLD were commissioned.


The CAG said that the utilisation of the treatment plants in 2010-11 was only 3.66 MLD and about 30.75 MLD of sewage flowed untreated.


The Shimla Municipal Corporation, in its reply to the CAG in February 2011, said for strengthening the sewerage network a detailed project report and funds were planned to be generated for the work the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.


The Queen of Hills, as Shimla was fondly called by the British, was planned for a maximum population of 16,000.


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