This monsoon, the city may have two new pumping stations up and running.
At a meeting called by the civic chief a few days ago, modified plans for Love Grove and Cleveland Bunder pumping stations were cleared. Civic officials have also fast-tracked work on the much-delayed pumping stations at Gazdarbandh in Khar-Danda and Britannia Outfall at BPT.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had, as part of the BRIMSTOWAD project, proposed to build eight pumping stations in the city. In the first phase, four were to be completed by 2008. Two years on, only two have been completed. At the other two –Love Grove and Cleveland Bunder – work hasn’t even begun.
The Love Grove one at Worli had been stuck thanks to an internal dispute between two civic departments – the storm water drains and sewerage operations. That has finally been settled. Under the new plan, the area of the pumping station has been reduced from 6,000 square metres to 4,000 square metres.
Additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta said, “The initial plan for the pumping station overlapped with the sewerage operations’ plan for expansion of their treatment plant and hence, it was stuck. Now, we have decided to shift the pumping station inside the plot, rather than having it next to the road, as was initially planned.”
Meanwhile, at the Cleveland Bunder pumping station, the civic body has begun the process of shifting project-affected persons (PAPs). LS Vhatkar, chief engineer, SWD, said, “There are 60-odd PAPs who are currently staying on civic land, which delayed our work. But, they will be shifting to their alternative accommodation by April.”
“We are confident that the pumping stations will be ready before the next monsoon. We are also beginning the tendering process for the other two pumping stations, and hopefully, the work will begin by October,” he added.
At Gazdarbandh, the collector will be handing over the land to the civic body soon. At Britannia Outfall, the Mumbai Port Trust, the owner, is yet to give a written approval to hand over the land to the BMC. Officials said they were skeptical about their completion before next year.