Even after getting an in-principle nod from the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) to lease a part of their land to set up the much needed Britannia pumping station, the MbPT’s final clearance is still pending.
The Britannia pumping station, which will give relief to areas in south central Mumbai like Nana Chowk, Dr. BA Desai road at Byculla and NM Joshi Road at Lower Parel during monsoons.
The pumping station is part of the Brihanmumbai Storm Water Drain (BRIMSTOWAD) project, which was envisaged in 1993 and implemented after the 2005 July deluge.
The civic body needs 2,200 sq metres of land for the pumping station, which falls in the jurisdiction of the MbPT. Currently the land has been encroached by 450 slums structures.
“The proposal is pending with the MbPT for the last one year,” said an official with the storm water drain department, on condition of anonymity, because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The total projected cost of building this pumping station is Rs 80 crore. Earlier, the proposal was to acquire 3,200 sq m. However, in June this year, after municipal commissioner, Swadheen Kshatriya, and chief secretary, JP Dange visited Hindmata, a new plot was finalised with a smaller area.
"We are not purposely delaying the project. We want to study it properly before giving it a go ahead," said a board member of the MbPT, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
A civic body official said port authorities have delayed taking up the issue for formal discussions and put off the meeting for a later date almost five times.