Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hand over the first instalment cheque of the Rs 12 billion Brihan Mumbai Storm Water Drainage Project (BRIMSTOWAD) at a function in Mumbai on Friday.
Singh, who will visit Mumbai and Thane on Friday, will present the cheque to the Maharashtra government at a brief function, official sources said. Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh will be present on the occasion.
Mumbai's inadequate drainage system has grabbed national attention after the deluge of July 26, 2005, triggered by a cloudburst.
The current drainage system in Mumbai, which was put in place at the beginning of the 20th century, is only capable of handling rain intensity of 25 mm per hour, which is inadequate to meet the present requirements.
The BRIMSTOWAD project will upgrade it to 50-60 mm per hour subject to a maximum of 450 mm in 24 hours. The proposal was drawn by UK based consultants Watson Hawksley for the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in 1990 after the city faced water logging at several places.
The Planning Commission and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs have cleared the project.
Work in the first phase will involve setting up three pumping stations at Haji Ali, Love Grove in Worli and at Irla in Vile Parle. In the second phase, pumping stations will come up at Cleveland and Mogra Nala at Santa Cruz.