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Poorvi Kulkarni, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, August 19, 2013
Hinting that the project to bring water from Koyna dam to the city was not technically feasible, the civic body has decided to scrap the idea. The project – pegged as an ambitious l ong term plans to meet the city’s increasi ng water demand – was mooted by the Shiv SenaBharatiya Janata Party-led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ( BMC) three years ago.

According to the proposal, the BMC wanted to channelise water released after electricity was generated from the hydropower dam to Mumbai as well as the districts of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, and Thane.

While the state government had finalised three consultants to initiate a feasibility survey for the project, the civic body has withdrawn its interest in developing the conveyance network that will be required to carry water from the dam to the city.

“The BMC has prioritised the development of water sources of Gargai and Pinjal dams, for which the requisite clearances are coming forth. Once these projects, materialise and water supply from them is operational, there will be no need to develop other sources of water,” said Ajit Mokashi, acting chief engineer of the BMC’s water supply projects department.

The state also admitted that the project was still at a nascent stage.

Its methodological and financial details along with whom the water was to be supplied to had not been decided yet.

“The consultants have raised some queries about the project and written back to us before starting the feasibility survey. Deliberations on the matters raised by them too are still to be concluded,” said PB Sonavane, chief engineer, Konkan division, state water resources department.

Experts had earlier raised doubts about the immense costs and the intricate difficulties that lay in the execution of the project.

“We had written a categorical letter to the state enquiring about certain aspects of the project such as the pumping mechanism and levels, but there is no clarity on it yet,” said Rajiv Jalota, additional municipal commissioner (projects).