Warangal Urban: Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, on Saturday said the Union government had identified the importance of Faecal Sludge Treatment Plants (FSTP) in the country and was working with State governments and non-governmental organisations in setting up FSTPs. He also said that they were studying the functioning of the FSTPs set up in the country.
Iyer along with Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Commissioner Neetu Kumari Prasad visited two FSTPs set up at Ammavaripet village on the outskirts of the Warangal city on Saturday.
After being apprised of the functioning of the two treatment plants in detail from the managing staff, he advised the authorities of Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) to take steps to collect the septage from the villages that fall under 10 km radius from the plant. He also suggested them to adapt special methods in collection of the septage from the septic tanks in the villages which are generally small in comparison with that in urban areas. The GWMC in association with Melinda Gates foundation and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) set up two FSTPs at Ammavaripet.
While the first FSTP with a capacity of 20KLD was inaugurated in November 2017, another FSTP with a capacity of 15 KLD on the same premise was inaugurated last year. While first FSTP is the first of its kind thermal based unit, the second is based on the geo tube technology.
According to District Collector Prashant Jeevan Patil, a total of nine septic tank cleaners were issued licences to collect the septage and shift to the FSTP for treatment. “As of now, 18,000 KL septage was treated at these plants,” the Collector added. GWMC commissioner N Ravi Kiran, RDO Venka Reddy, MHO B Raja Reddy, ASCI representative Prof Srinivas Chary and others were present.