After the state government approved funds for construction of Gargai-Pinjal dam in Thane district, members of the civic body’s standing committee will be soon holding a discussion with chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to fast-track procedures and demand a ‘national project’ status for it.
The dam, to be built on the Pinjal river by 2022, will yield around 1,475 million litres per day (mld).
Of this, 869 mld will be supplied to the city, while the rest will be used for irrigation around the dam. The Gargai dam project would bring another 450 mld to the city. Currently, the city has a shortfall of around 900 mld.
“In the discussion with the CM, we would be demanding that the project be given a national project status as it would help fast-track environmental clearances and other required permissions,” said Rahul Shewale, chairman of the standing committee.
The committee also demanded that the water be supplied entirely for the city. Manoj Kotak, a member of the committee, said, “The project has not received clearances since 10 years. If such slow progress continues, there will be no source of water for the city by 2020.”
Currently, the feasibility study reports and environment impact assessment studies for both the projects are in progress, after which the final clearance from the Union ministry of environment and forests will be sought.