STP Row: Take Lessons From UK And China, Hoteliers Tell State Govt

STP Row: Take Lessons From UK And China, Hoteliers Tell State Govt

11 December 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Srinagar: After having been told to stop commercial activities at their hotels for not following the standard sewerage procedures by the government, the hoteliers have urged the state government to take “lessons from UK and China” as to how to take care of ecological concerns. “The government needs to take lessons from Britain to understand and grasp how they managed London’s sewerage from entering the Thames without shuttering hotel business. It might also learn from the Chinese and Japanese experience in their cleaning of the Yellow River and the Smirnykh River, respectively,” said M Afzal Parray, hotelier and former president, Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Kashmir (CCIK). The hoteliers have been opposing the directive to install individual sewerage treatment plants (STPs) while demanding that the government should set up common STPs under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme. The Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Kashmir had earlier appealed to the government to allow hotels having less than 30 rooms to function without STPs as against the present limit of 19. Tariq Rashid Ghani, joint secretary general, J&K Hoteliers Club (JKHC), said the hoteliers were equally concerned about the ecological issues and barely installing STPs in hotels would not resolve the ecological problems facing the Valley. “Right from the beginning, the Jammu and Kashmir Hoteliers Club made all efforts to convince the policy-makers that merely installing sewerage treatment plants by the hotel owners was not going to solve the problems confronting the environment in the state when the effluents of the huge populace in the valley would still go untreated to the water bodies directly,” the joint secretary general of J&K Hoteliers Club said.