Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today inaugurated the Kharkhai Sewage Treatment Plant, which will recycle 10 million litres of liquid sewage discharge in a day.
The recycled product will be reused for irrigation, gardening and industrial purposes, Managing Director of Jamshedpur Utility and Services Company (Jusco) Ashish Mathur said.
JUSCO is a subsidiary of Tata Steel and provides municipal services in the Tata Command Area. He said the steel city of Jamshedpur discharges 40 million litres of sewage water per day and JUSCO, with the support of Tata Steel, has plans to recycle and reuse it 100 per cent for irrigation, industrial and gardening purpose.
Another sewage water treatment plant at Bara with a capacity to treat 30 million litres of sewage discharge liquid per day is likely to be completed early next year, he said. Jamshedpur will be the country’s first “zero liquid discharge” city following completion Bara project, Mathur claimed.
He added that JUSCO will plant 1 lakh trees in 200 days as part of the chief minister’s “One tree, one life” campaign in the state.
Appreciating JUSCO and Tata Steel, Das said people should not rely on Corporate houses and government for everything, but it is also the responsibility of individuals to work for betterment of the society as well as environment.
The chief minister, who also inaugurated three parks, said miscreants have been encroaching land and the state government has decided to free those lands.
“Responding to the demand of local residents, we have set up these parks for public use and protect the land from land mafia,” Das said, adding a large portion of the government lands have been encroached by land sharks across the state, which will be freed soon.
He said mineral-rich Jharkhand cannot develop without development of its economy, which needed investment.
“But development should not happen at the cost of environment. So, to protect the environment, we have to plant as many trees as are being cut to set up Industries,” he said.
The state government has a target to plant three crore saplings across the state this year, he said.
“Protection of ‘jal, jungle, zammen’ (water, forest and land) is not our political agenda but a commitment,” he said.
The government has plans to provide subsidy to slum dwellers to promote rain water harvesting, he added.