Efforts underway to install 3 STPs for treating Rawal Lake water: CDA

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has stepped up its efforts to install three Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in the Federal capital to treat the water falling into Rawal Lake from the Korang River.

The initiative was meant to alleviate Rawal Lake pollution, following the instructions of the apex court, CDA Director Sanitation Sardar Khan Zimri told reporter.

He said an international consultant had been hired by the civic agency to finalize a feasibility report, prepared by a local company for construction of only one STP in Bani Gala.

The director said the international consultant had directed to submit the final feasibility within one month time.

He said initially, the CDA was planning to set up only one STP at Bani Gala on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode. Under the EPC mode, the contractor was ought to fully materialize the project on its own.

Zimri said rest of the STPs at two other locations including Shahdara and Simly Dam would be established after examining the to-be built Bani Gala’s STP credibility.

Sharing details about the establishment of STPs in the capital city, a CDA official requesting anonymity said the idea of setting up four STPs in the outskirts of Islamabad was floated by the CDA in 2012 with an estimated cost of Rs2 billion at that time.

He said the plan’s initial PC-I encompassed four STPs including two for Shahdara, one for Simly Dam and one for Bari Imam.

Later, the PC-I was revised and a new plan was evolved to set up three STPs by combining two proposed facilities at Shahdara into a larger one.

The official said the project was remained in limbo for last several years for one or another reason, exposing residents of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad to serious health hazards.

The water falling into Rawal Lake was being polluted by the residents, who had set up illegal occupations along the Korang River, he added.

Taking cognizance of the Rawal Lake pollution, the apex court took a suo moto notice and directed the CDA, Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) and the Islamabad commissioner to install the plants.

The EPA had also submitted a report to the top court in the past and underscored the immediate, short-term and long-term measures to protect the water in the dam.

The report also suggested enhancing supervisory workforce to monitor the quality of the water in the dam, regularly.