About 70 pc of first package of Mula-Mutha river cleaning project completed: Javadekar

About 70 pc of first package of Mula-Mutha river cleaning project completed: Javadekar

Mumbai, Terming the Mula-Mutha River Cleaning Project 'gift' of the Centre to Pune to reduce the pollution of the river, Union Minister for Environment, Forests & Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday that about 70 per cent of the first package of this project, namely construction of branch sewers in Baner area, has been completed. While interacting with the media after the review of the progress of the project, the Minister said that he will visit the site and review the progress of the package, along with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Guardian Minister of Pune, Pune Lok Sabha MP, Mayor of Pune Municipal Corporation, and other officials. He also announced that the foundation stone for four more packages (involving construction of sewage treatment plants) will be laid within two months, by the first week of August. The final clearance for these four packages will be obtained in a few days. Mr Javadekar further said that the project has now been fast-tracked so that the dream of Pune city would be fulfilled soon. He informed that all agencies have met together and decided project timelines, and that he will do a monthly follow-up of the project activities, he said.

The Minister pointed out that this is a joint project of central government and Pune Municipal Corporation for cleaning of Mula-Mutha River, under National River Conservation Plan, and not a project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as it is commonly known. JICA is the bank which is providing the finances, but the project is that of the central government and PMC, he reiterated. Noting that the loan given by JICA will be repaid neither by the Maharashtra government nor by the PMC but by the the central government, Mr Javadekar said that this project is a gift of the Narendra Modi-led government to Pune. He recalled that the project was pending for ten years, from 2004 to 2014, and clearance was given to it when he took over as Union Environment Minister in 2014, he added. Lok Sabha MP from Pune Girish Bapat, Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak, officials of the Ministry of EF&CC, Forest, Water Resources and Environment departments of Government of Maharashtra; State Pollution Control Board; Pune Municipal Corporation; Pune Standing Committee and the consultant appointed for the project participated in the meeting. The Mula-Mutha river at Pune is among the 35 polluted rivers in the country, which have been classified as Priority-1 (the highest risk category) by Central Pollution Control Board. The major reasons for pollution of the Mula-Mutha are discharge of untreated domestic waste water into the river due to inadequate sewerage system (including pumping stations) and sewage treatment capacity in the town, as well as open defecation on the river banks.

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