EPTRI preparing reports on health hazards of Musi water

EPTRI preparing reports on health hazards of Musi water
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Environmental Protection and Training Institute (EPTRI) is preparing status report on health hazards due to letting out untreated water into river Musi. The report is meant to seek funding to the tune of Rs 1600 crore to establish treatment plants from the Green Climate Fund and other agencies.

Hyderabad: Environmental Protection and Training Institute (EPTRI) is preparing status report on health hazards due to letting out untreated water into river Musi. The report is meant to seek funding to the tune of Rs 1600 crore to establish treatment plants from the Green Climate Fund and other agencies.

State Environment and Forests, Secretary and Director Environment Protection and Training Institute (EPTRI) B Kalyana Chakravarti said efforts are being made to resolve the issue by establishing sewage treatment plants with an estimated cost of Rs 1600 crore to be raised from Green Climate Funds (GCF).

He said that the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) has been supplying 1800 MLD of water and out of this1350 MLD has been going into sewage lines. Of the total sewage outflows into river Musi, the two existing sewerage treatment plants (STPs) at Attapur and Amberpet could treat only 50 percent the sewage outflows.

However, since it was not possible to get Rs 1600 crore as grant, efforts are being made to source funds from NABARD and other agencies as well. At present a status report is being prepared and once it was accepted then a project report would be prepared for accessing funds, said Dr Shesha Srinivas from EPTRI. Similarly, it was estimated that the average temperatures are expected to rise by 2.5 centigrade more by 2050, which means several species would be extinct.

To meet the challenge, a State Action Plan for Climate Change would be implemented in the activities of every department which are connected to the environment, he said.

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