The Union Government has awarded contracts worth Rs 10.50 billion for development of sewage treatment infrastructure in Patna, Bihar under the Namami Gange Programme. Under the programme, the Centre has awarded a contract worth Rs 6 billion to UEM India Private Limited and Jyoti Build Tech Private Limited. The scope of project work includes construction of a sewage treatment plant (STP) of 60 mld capacity and laying of a 227-km long underground sewerage network in the Saidpur zone of the city. The Centre has also awarded projects worth Rs 4.5 billion in the Beur zone to a joint venture of Larsen & Turbo Limited, Voltas Limited and GAA Germany. The works involve development of a 23 mld STP, renovation of an existing 20 mld STP and laying of a sewerage network spanning 180 km. Further, the contracts also include construction of two main pumping stations, with capacities of 83 mld and 50 mld, in Saidpur and Beur respectively. Works will also include operation and maintenance of the STPs and sewerage networks for a period of 10 years. Meanwhile, the central government is expected to award contracts for sewage management for the Karmali Chak zone in Patna soon.