Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday called upon the state and Central government to expedite permissions for the forthcoming Pinjar and Daman Ganga water projects.
He rued the fact that the permissions for the Middle Vaitarna project took 11 long years. “Such delays only serve to escalate costs and cause inconvenience to the citizens,” said Uddhav.
“The BMC is going to follow up with the state government to take up the matter with the Central government and ensure that such delays do not occur,” he added. Both the projects have the potential to generate 2,450 million litres per day (MLD) and, currently the initial groundwork is being undertaken for the projects.
Uddhav was carrying out an inspection of the newly set up treatment plant at the Bhandup water complex. This plant will ensure 450 MLD from July this year and another 450 MLD from April 2013.
Currently, the city gets 3,400 MLD of water, which is less than its requirement of 4,200 MLD. The civic body is chalking out various means to bridge this gap.
In addition to this, Uddhav announced that the BMC would set up boards near the drains to appeal to citizens not to dispose of their refuse there. “During my visits, I see plastic bags, clothes and even furniture coming out from the drains. This is not acceptable,” said Uddhav. He said that the contractors are doing a fairly good job, but it is also the responsibility of citizens to ensure that flooding does not occur. For years, clogging of drains has been a serious problem, causing water logging. Crores of rupees are spent in tackling this issue.