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Struggling with sewage

The Hindu, 24 October 2014

 

The Tamil Nadu government has released guidelines on septage management, but they appear inadequate. Nidhi Adlakha talks to the experts to find out more

 

Here’s a shocking statistic: Only 35 per cent of Tamil Nadu’s urban population is covered by an underground sewerage system. The appalling condition of sanitation facilities in the state is well known by now.

 

The state government recently released operative guidelines for septage management which points out that many local bodies don’t even have the capacity to create and manage assets for treatment of liquid waste. Besides this, there is underutilisation of existing sewage treatment plants, and untreated waste is discharged into fresh water bodies. According to the 2011 census, 55 per cent of the state’s population disposes waste into septic tanks, many of which are not designed properly, resulting in sewage not being treated effectively and leading to faecal contamination. Read more....