Cong flays BJP for inaction on the river pollution

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 5 June 2019

On the eve of Environment Day, the Congress reminded the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its assurance to clean Mula-Mutha river with aid from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Congress leader Mohan Joshi said only Rs 35 crore has been spent on the project out of Rs 990 crore, four years after its announcement.

Pune: On the eve of Environment Day, the Congress reminded the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its assurance to clean Mula-Mutha river with aid from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Congress leader Mohan Joshi said only Rs 35 crore has been spent on the project out of Rs 990 crore, four years after its announcement.

Congress leader Mohan Joshi issued a press note, in which he stated that the Japan International Cooperation Agency project was 
announced on January 13, 2016. 

The Japan government gave Rs 990 crore loan for checking river pollution. However, nothing substantial has been done so far. It is 
one of the major projects for the city. 

In the last four years, the civic body has spent Rs 35 crore on the plan. Of the 11 sewage treatment plants (STPs), the civic  body has acquired land for only for six STPs.

The press note stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party  is the ruling party in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), in the State and at the Centre. 

Prakash Javadekar was the minister of environment in the last Bharatiya Janata Party government when the project was sanctioned. 
Now, he has got the same portfolio in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new government. 

Girish Bapat has also been elected as an MP from Pune. Hence, Puneities expect concrete work from the Bharatiya Janata Party  government.

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