By Divyesh Delawala, Oceanides Global
The need for private partnership in wastewater management has been evident for some time. As a result, there are a number of ways that private players are now involved in wastewater management. For instance, there are plant management specialists, collecting specialists, and technical specialists.
However, given the severe lack of sewage treatment plants (STPs), what we need today are STP manufacturers in India. The government-run plants are clearly inadequate to meet India’s rising demands. Private players have become essential in this scenario. However, this is an area where the private and public partnerships are still in their infancy. Hence, some challenges are inevitable.
Opportunities For STP Manufacturers
Official data shows that the current sewage treatment system in India is severely lacking. According to the data available, a whopping 4,861 of the 5,161 cities and towns surveyed did not have any kind of sewerage network. Even in bigger cities, almost 50 percent of the urban population had no access to proper sewage disposal systems. In fact, some figures claim that more than 70 percent of the Indian population has no access to a proper sewage treatment centre!
While these numbers are appalling, these also show the need for private sector involvement. With many civic bodies now seeking private partnership, this is a golden opportunity for STP manufacturers in India. The involvement of private players ranges from the complete management and running of a plant to a functional involvement where they are responsible for a single or multiple functions.
With rising demands and the emergence of new townships, these arrangements are becoming extremely common on the Indian landscape.
There can be no doubt that private partnership in sewage treatment in India is now inevitable. But there are still many challenges that have to be met and addressed as we move forward. This is still an emerging partnership and we must be braced for some hiccups.
The partnership between the government and private STP manufacturer in India is becoming increasingly important to meet the alarming situation in proper sewage treatment. While we are now faced with a golden opportunity to expand the presence of private players, many daunting challenges still remain.
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