Pune: The City Improvement Committee of PMC has approved a revised plan for the river improvement project that is being undertaken with funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). As per the revised plan, the cost of the project has gone up by Rs 275 crore.
The capacity of the sewage treatment plan (STP) has been increased in the revised plan. Also, the components such as the construction of public toilets at 24 locations, installation of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), installation of a GIS system and public awareness programme have been added in the revised plan of the project. Therefore, the cost of the project has reached to Rs 999 crore from earlier Rs 715 crore.
On an average, the city generates 744 MLD sewage water daily. Of this, 567 MLD water is being treated by various STPs set up by the PMC. Remaining water is released directly into the river. The Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran recommended another 11 STPs for the city considering its need for next 30 years. The river improvement project has been planned accordingly. The JICA has given a soft loan through the Central government for the project.
The original project cost was Rs 715 crore. Now, some more components have been added to the project including increasing the capacity of the planned STPs, laying of a 43-km drainage line among others. Hence, the project cost has been increased by Rs 275 crore. The capacity of drainage lines was 383 MLD earlier, which will be increased up to 396 MLD. The JICA will share 85 per cent of the project cost while 15 per cent is borne by the civic body, said City Improvement Committee Chairman Mahesh Ladkat.