Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to revise the River Improvement Plan which is being undertaken for improving the quality of water in the Mula and Mutha rivers with the help of Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).
The project is part of National River Conservation Plan of Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. As per the revised plan, the cost of the project is likely to be Rs 990 crore, which will be Rs 275 crore more than its earlier estimated cost of Rs 715 crore. Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar submitted this revised plan to the City Improvement Committee (CIC) for approval.
Pune generates 744 MLD (million litres per day) sewage every day. Out of this, 567 MLD water is being treated by the PMC. Remaining sewage is being directly released into the Mula and Mutha rivers. Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran recommended that considering the needs of the city in 2047, eleven more sewage treatment plants are needed for the city. The Central government has made a soft loan available through JICA.
The PMC General Body had approved this project at a cost of Rs 715 crore. But at a later stage, work of laying 43-km sewage lines in Baner-Balewadi area was included in the project.
Therefore, the cost of the project has increased to Rs 990 crore. Capacity of the STP planned under the project has been increased from 383 MLD to 396 MLD. Besides this, work of construction of toilets at 24 places, installation of centralised SKADA system, installation of GIS system, public awareness campaign, land acquisition, project management, service tax and cost escalation are included in the revised plan.