Vijayawada, May 26:

The capital city of Andhra Pradesh State, famous business centre, bagged many national awards – Vijayawada city – is stinking with sewage water flowing on the roads. The underground drainage (UGD),constructed with crores of rupees became useless and it is shocking to know that only 30 per cent of buildings in the city have UGD connections.Rs 271.48 crore funds were sanctioned to the UGD system in the city.

The works were stalled as the UGD construction works were divided and handed over to several contractors.Meanwhile, recently tenders worth Rs 1.30 crores were called for cleaning underground drainage pipelines with modern machines for a period of six months. This tenders led to dispute since the municipal corporation has already machines for the purpose.

The citizens were grumbling at the worst underground drainage system in the State capital.Rs 461 crores were sanctioned under storm water drainage to diver flood water in the city and the works are going on at a fast pace. The city will become clean if UGD system is implemented on full scale.
Underground drainage system was sanctioned to Vijayawada in 2007 and Rs 271.48 crores were released for the purpose. As per the previous plan, underground drainage pipelines should be arranged at a stretch of 1,238 km in the city. Sewage treatment plants (STP) have to set up at eight places and the purified water should be pumped into either Krishna River or Kolleru.Two STPs in Ramalingeswara Nagar, one each in Autonagar and Singh Nagar were constructed.

Though the officials are claiming of constructing UGD pipelines for a stretch of 1,238 km, the hilly areas within one town limits were left.The construction works of main canal, internal pipelines and interlink pipelines of the UGD pipelines were given to separate contractors. Tenders were called for construction of STP plants as a separate package.According to official statistics, there are 2.50 domestic and commercial houses in the city. Of these, only 40,000 houses and buildings have UGD connections and the remaining are leaving sewage water onto the road. 20 MLD STP was set up in Ramalingeswara Nagar.

On an average, 40 MLD drainage water from Krishna Lanka and Bhramampuram Karakatta and other places will reach this STP daily.Sewage water from Currency Nagar, Bharati Nagar, Mogalrajapuram and other areas should be diverted to the 20 MLD plant in Auto Nagar.

But there was no pipeline connection. The 40 MLD and 10 MLD plant plants in Singh Nagar and the plant in Vuda colony are not working.The officials are neglecting to issue connections to the applicants despite knowing the fact that the corporation will get crores ofrupees income if all customers use UGD.