The Rs 1,300 crore Mithi River revival project under which, an 18-km stretch of the river would be widened, deepened and have a retaining wall built along its banks, will get delayed due to want of funds.
This is what the two agencies implementing the project- the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)- say.
The BMC is looking after the 11.4 km stretch of Mithi from Vihar Lake to Kurla Terminus bridge while the MMRDA has taken responsibility of the 6.6 km long stretch from Kurla Terminus to Mahim causeway where it meets the sea.
While the BMC has spent Rs 400 crore and will have to spend another Rs 525 crore, the MMRDA has spent Rs 300 crore.
The BMC is not in a position to spend more money.
“The BMC is facing a crisis this year, so the projects will get slowed down,” said an official.
“We have demanded Rs 1,300 crore. Of that, the BMC will need Rs 925 crore and the rest will go to the MMRDA,” said Chief Engineer, storm water drains, Chandrakant Watve.
“We have spent Rs 300 crore for the 6-km stretch under our jurisdiction,” said MMRDA project director, Dilip Kawathkar.
Soon after the Centre promised funds for putting a system to prevent another deluge in place, the state had sought Rs 1,300 crore from the Centre under its urban renewal mission programme.
However, in 2008 the proposal was sent back by the Centre due to a technical problem:
It was not clear whether Mithi was a river or a drain and urban renewal funds could not be given for such a venture.