Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on Manjeera Diamond Towers, a gated community in Gopanpally, for releasing treated/untreated sewage water into a nearby open area.

GHMC, Serillingampally received a field visit report from the Project Manager of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) stating that 70 percent of 1020 Manjeera Diamond Tower flats are occupied.

The current operating capacity of the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) is 500 Kilolitres per day (KLD). Another STP of capacity 500 KLD is currently under construction. Both the STPs are based on moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) technologies.

"The existing plant is operating at 350 KLD, of which the entire treated wastewater is to be used for gardening and floor cleaning. However, while auditing, the inspection team witnessed that the property is draining off the treated water into an open area," said deputy commissioner, Serilingampally, GHMC.

The deputy commissioner said this office has imposed a penalty of Rs 2,00,000 on the Association of Manjeera Diamond Towers, and also issued notice to directing to immediately complete the under-construction STP. "Failing which this office will take action under the provisions of GHMC Act 1955," he said.

Update: Manjeera Diamond Towers Resident Welfare Association on March 25 writes to Zonal Commissioner, GHMC, Serilingampalli that there is no proper planning of sewage in the whole locality by the same town planning section of the GHMC and in the absence of completion of the STP by our builder, Manjeera Constructions, they are not left with any option regarding sewage/waste water.

"We have also submitted several representations, the last one as late as on January 20, 2021, with respect to the improper drainage facilities and societies being forced to dump water in common areas. Unfortunately, we have not received any response for the letter or for the several calls made to the concerned department," said Sreejith Nair, President, MDTRWA.

They also urged GHMC to act on their responsibilities and provide adequate facilities for sewage disposal in the locality, enabling societies to channelize their unused STP water to the same.

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