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Long-term growth is BMC's focus

mumbai Updated: Mar 21, 2012 01:53 IST
Kunal Purohit and Naresh Kamath

From taking care of the water demands till 2031 to increasing the sewerage cover to 80% by 2015, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) annual budget presented on Tuesday gave a glimpse of the civic body's vision for the long-term development of the city.

A case in point could be the concretisation of roads. Of the 3,765km that needs to be concretised, 240km will be concretised each year, for the next six years. BMC chief Subodh Kumar has also identified the interlinking of Damanganga-Pinjal as one the projects that would help meet the city's water needs till 2031. Expected to yield 2,451 million litres of water daily, the project has been accorded priority on the BMC's list.

The Gargai water supply project, however, has been put on the backburner. In his budget speech, Kumar said: "There is no necessity to develop Gargai source as against the Damanganga-Pinjal project. Gargai will be taken up if the latter doesn't materialise."

The attempt would be to provide 24x7 water supply, he said.

The city's sewage collection and conveyance system is all set to go up from the current 65% to 80% by 2015. Instead of phase-wise, the budget has proposed to build multiple sewage treatment and pumping plants across the city in the next few years.

The budget has proposed two underground tunnels, which Kumar said should suffice.

The BMC's budget outlay of Rs26,581.02 crore is the largest ever in the history of the civic body. The capital expenditure this year is a significant 22.5% higher than the capital expenditure in the last budget.

While Kumar is known to be a strict and no-nonsense municipal chief, with him set to retire by April-end, there is a cloud over the extent to which the master plan will be implemented. "I am confident that this plan will be implemented by my successors. We have drawn up the plan keeping the long-term interests of the city in mind. I don't see any reason why anyone would want to deviate from it."