Your city's two big-ticket water supply projects have got an Rs 94.16-crore boost.
Satisfied with the work on the 12.25-km Marol-Maroshi to Ruparel college and the 3.6-km Cross Maidan to Malabar Hill water tunnels, the Centre's Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Mission (JNNURM) has agreed to sanction another instalment of Rs 94.16 crore towards the two tunnels.
Civic officials said they would get the funds within a month. This also includes funds for the city’s sewage project.
Officials from the JNNURM had visited the sites and inspected the work, after which the fund was sanctioned. The JNNURM has also accepted the municipal corporation's claims that both tunnels are 70% complete.
The conditions set by the JNNURM stipulate that the next instalment for any project can be given to a municipal corporation only after the latter has spent at least 70% of the previous instalment and the work is “satisfactory”.
The timing of this Rs 94.16 crore funding gains significance because it comes almost a year after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) received its last instalment from the Centre for these projects. The BMC had received the second instalment of Rs 94 crore in May 2010.
“The JNNURM has strict conditions, which we had to fulfill before we could get these funds. Hence, the fact that this sanction was approved is a big boost for these projects,” said a senior civic official, on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.
In 2007, the BMC had undertaken three underground water tunnel projects - Marol-Maroshi to Ruparel college, Cross Maidan to Malabar Hill and Verawali to Yari Road - to bring water from the dams into the city and do away with the old, leaking pipelines.
The Marol Maroshi to Ruparel college tunnel, which being built at an estimated cost of Rs 294 crore, is the longest of the three water tunnels.
This tunnel will help increase the input in the Malabar Hill reservoir and also improve supply in south Mumbai and major parts of central Mumbai.
The Malabar Hill to Cross Maidan water tunnel, too, will help augment supply in south Mumbai, especially areas such as Kalbadevi, Colaba, Cuffe Parade and Nariman Point.
“Sensing the public mood that was created last year thanks to the severe water shortage, we have put the water tunnel projects on the fast-track,” said another senior civic officials, also requesting anonymity.