Dear Vaishnavas, Vaishnavis, Friends, and Supporters of Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math,
We hope you are all in good spirits and happily absorbed in service to Sri Hari, Guru and the Vaishnavas!
Keeping this thought in mind I am sharing my proposal with you about the Sewage Treatment Plant in our Mayapur Math.
For several years it has been recognized that the handling of the wastewater in our beautiful, revered Math in Sridham Mayapur is inappropriate and environmentally as well as hygienically unacceptable. Like it is still common all over India to dispose of the black water from toilets and bathrooms into an open area, so it is done here in Mayapur, where the sludge is disposed right behind and next to the rooms of our President-Acharya, Srila Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Goswami Maharaj, and the Brahmachari ashram.
What is worst is that this water is also polluting our Ganga Devi flowing just next to the Math. And for all of us, the Ganga is more than a river. She is the Holy Mother.
To finally end this horrible situation, we have contacted a renowned company from Kolkata to propose a sewage treatment plant, which can handle the wastewater output of the Math, including kitchen and the cowshed, during the normal operation with its 40 to 50 occupants, as well as the output during festival times, when the Math hosts up to 3,000 people. The only way to deal with such a big difference in wastewater production (between 40 and 3,000) is to install a small STP for the normal operation and a larger one for the festival times.
The proposed solution was, therefore, one BioDigester with a maximum capacity of 10 cubic meters/day for normal operation of the Math and a STP with a maximum capacity of 240 cubic meters/day, which will serve up to 3,000 people. If you are interested in the details of this proposal, we will be happy to email you the elaborate descriptions.
We have discussed and accepted the proposal of the Kolkata based Unitech Water Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a company with many years of experience in this field and a long list of references with residential, commercial, industrial and municipal installations of wastewater treatment plants. If you are interested, please request this list of references from us.
Cost of the Project
The cost for the Sewage Treatment Plants, the biodigester and the STP, were initially quoted at Rs. 21,85,000 (USD 33,600) but upon our request, the company has generously revised their calculations and quoted
Cost – 19,66,000 INR (USD 30,250)
Plus 18% – 3,53,880 INR (USD 5440)
Total Cost – 23,19,880 INR (USD 35,690)
This price includes the electrical panels, pipelines and pumps.
Not included are the cost for excavations and construction of the tanks for the STP. At the time of writing this, we have not received an estimate for those costs. Our local civil engineer and construction crew will do this work and we will get their quote soon. We will update the numbers once we have their quote but we wanted to start raising the funds quickly and therefore ask for your understanding.
For the quick improvement of our Math and the pleasure of the Vaishnavas and Vaishnavis staying with us for the upcoming festival of Sri Gaura-Purnima, we would like to start the work immediately. We can only do that if you help us financially as per your capacity. Up to this day, we have already received contributions towards this project totaling Rs. 6,50,000 (USD 10,000) and with approx. Rs. 5,00,000 (USD 7,700), which we can draw from existing funds, we still need approximately Rs. 19 lakhs (USD 29,250). We humbly request you to please help with this important sanitary improvement of our Mayapur Math, for the pleasure and satisfaction of its Founder-Acharya Nitya-Lila pravistha Om Vishnupad 108-Sri Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj, the presiding Acharya Om Vishnupad 108-Sri Srila Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Goswami Maharaj and all the Vaishnavas and Vaishnavis associated with and visiting this beautiful place of pilgrimage and worship.
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May our Supreme Lordships and our Guru-Varga bless you with their loving service!
Bhakti Sampad Narayan
Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math