The delay in building two water pumping stations at Worli will now cost the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) 40% more than the estimated cost in 2007. The costs for building both stations will now increase by over Rs80 crore.
The original proposal was cleared by the civic standing committee in October 2007 to build, operate and maintain the two pumping stations, Love Grove and Cleaveland Bunder at Worli to give relief from floodwater in south central and south Mumbai. It has been held up for four years.
In 2007, the cost estimated for the Love Grove pumping station was Rs115.82 crore while Cleaveland Bunder was estimated at Rs102.36 crore. However, officials said the cost of construction material, steel, cement and labour charges have risen by 10% per annum. “Each will now cost about 40% more,” said Bhalchandra Shirsat, chairman of the civic improvement committee, who is also a member of the standing committee.
Shirsat also said that the BMC has failed to even start work and they are just increasing the project cost at the designing stage.
Laxman Vhatkar, chief engineer of the civic storm water drain (SWD) department said the BMC would issue a work order for both the works by October and try to complete it ahead of schedule. “Though the contract period is for 12 months including the monsoon, we will try to finish it by May 2012 ahead of schedule so that it would be helpful in the next monsoon,” Vhatkar said.
Both pumping stations were proposed in phase I of the Brihanmumbai Storm Water Drainage (BRIMSTOWAD) project along with two others, the Irla and Haji Ali pumping stations that were commissioned last year.