The ponds will be constructed along the lines of underground water holding ponds in Tokyo. (Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
The ponds will be constructed along the lines of underground water holding ponds in Tokyo. (Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)

Mumbai civic body gets 3 international bids for constructing holding ponds

Three international bids have been received for studying and preparing a detailed project report for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ambitious project of constructing underground silos (holding ponds) to hold excess rainwater and prevent waterlogging
By Sagar Pillai, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:32 AM IST

Three international bids have been received for studying and preparing a detailed project report for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ambitious project of constructing underground silos (holding ponds) to hold excess rainwater and prevent waterlogging. This report will inform BMC about the feasibility of constructing holding ponds in the city and areas where it can be constructed.

The three consultants are international companies from Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands, that have tied up with our local companies. Senior civic officials said that these holding ponds are expected to be constructed in the next five years. The tenders were floated in May last year and the consultant is to be finalised by February.

The ponds will be constructed along the lines of underground water holding ponds in Tokyo. The BMC had plans to construct underground water silos to collect water that flows into the Mithi river and takes up it’s carrying capacity during a heavy downpour.

The consultant is being appointed to carry out a one-year study of rainfall patterns, the geography of the city, contours and also studying the rock areas. They will submit a detailed project report to the BMC following the study and will also be the project management consultant for the next four years. The consultation is expected to cost the BMC an estimated 31 crores.

P Velrasu, additional municipal commissioner, said, “We have received three international bids from Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands. The bids are being studied as of now and we will finalise it in another 15 days.”

The artificial holding pond plan was mooted by the BMC last year on the lines of Japan. The holding pond will be used to store the excess rainwater from the Vihar, Tulsi, and Powai lakes, instead of discharging into the river that overflows during monsoon.

The BMC is working on several aspects for the Mithi river’s rejuvenation, including encouraging aquatic life, increasing green belt along its banks around Powai and Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road. The bid document prepared by BMC also cites assessment on the possibilities of the urban development for commercial and public activities along the river banks and boating facilities in a bid to boost tourism.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Out of the 78 new fatalities, 18 people died in Maharashtra, 16 in Kerala and 15 in Punjab, according to the health ministry’s data. (AP)
Out of the 78 new fatalities, 18 people died in Maharashtra, 16 in Kerala and 15 in Punjab, according to the health ministry’s data. (AP)

1,167 new Covid cases in Mumbai, 8,807 in Maharashtra after 2 days of fall

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 08:20 PM IST
The Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra has been an area of concern for the Centre and various other states which have imposed travel restrictions on people coming from there.
Close
The Mumbai Port Trust will complete the Mumbai International Cruise Terminal project by the end of this year. (HT PHOTO).
The Mumbai Port Trust will complete the Mumbai International Cruise Terminal project by the end of this year. (HT PHOTO).

Marina, water taxis and more: Mumbai Port Trust signs MoUs worth 7,510 crore

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 05:39 PM IST
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the virtual 'Maritime India Summit' to be held between March 2-4.
Close
Mohan Delkar. (ANI File)
Mohan Delkar. (ANI File)

Mumbai cops to probe Dadra & Nagar Haveli administrator’s role in Delkar’s death

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 04:59 PM IST
Mohan Delkar, an Independent member of Parliament from Dadar and Nagar Haveli, was found dead in a south Mumbai hotel on Monday. An initial police probe indicated that he died by suicide
Close
Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. (PTI)
Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. (PTI)

Won’t work in Maharashtra: Shiv Sena targets BJP after Puducherry govt collapse

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:40 PM IST
In a veiled attack on Maharashtra governor Koshyari, the Saamana editorial said that those who disrupt the state government’s work at the behest of the Centre must remember that they can be “thrown away” after use
Close
File photo of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. (Abhijit Bhatlekar/ Mint)
File photo of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. (Abhijit Bhatlekar/ Mint)

Covid-19 effect: Passenger traffic at Mumbai airport dipped by 73% last year

By Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 10:25 AM IST
In the pre-Covid days, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Iinternational Airport got an average of 42,000 international passengers per day but this number fell to 18,000 by mid-March last year. Domestic traffic too dropped by 15-20%.
Close
UGC has sought the state’s response to complaints of irregularity in promotions through the Career Advancement System (CAS) (HT Photo)
UGC has sought the state’s response to complaints of irregularity in promotions through the Career Advancement System (CAS) (HT Photo)

Maharashtra education department violating norms for promotion of faculty: UGC

By Priyanka Sahoo, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:12 AM IST
Noting that the state higher education department was violating norms set by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for promotion of teachers, the apex body has sought the state’s response to complaints of irregularity in promotions through the Career Advancement System (CAS)
Close
A set of parents from across the state met state education minister Varsha Gaikwad on Monday and the minister assured them the government shall take strict action against schools which are found violating fee related norms. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
A set of parents from across the state met state education minister Varsha Gaikwad on Monday and the minister assured them the government shall take strict action against schools which are found violating fee related norms. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

School fee hike: Maharashtra education dept to form divisional fee panels this week

By Ankita Bhatkhande, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:07 AM IST
After receiving several complaints from parents about fee-related issues in private schools in the state, the education department has decided to constitute the divisional fee regulatory committees this week
Close
Yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali brand claims its 'Coronil' ayurvedic medicine can cure the coronavirus disease. (PTI)
Yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali brand claims its 'Coronil' ayurvedic medicine can cure the coronavirus disease. (PTI)

Won’t allow sale of Patanjali’s Coronil without proper certification: Maharashtra min

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:03 AM IST
Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday said that the state will not allow the sale of Coronil – the controversial drug by Patanjali Ayurveda to combat the Covid-19 infection – without proper certification from competent authorities
Close
This year, MMRDA, which is implementing the 337-km Metro network, has allocated <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>700.65 crore for Metro-2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar) and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>999.45 crore for Metro-7 (Dahisar E-Andheri E). (HT Photo)
This year, MMRDA, which is implementing the 337-km Metro network, has allocated 700.65 crore for Metro-2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar) and 999.45 crore for Metro-7 (Dahisar E-Andheri E). (HT Photo)

MMRDA announces 12,969.35-crore budget for Mumbai infra works

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 12:59 AM IST
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), in a meeting chaired by state urban development minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday, approved a 12,969
Close
Local party workers celebrate Sangli’s newly elected mayor Digviijay Suryvanshi and deputy mayor Prithviraj Patil on Tuesday. (UDAY DEOLEKAR)
Local party workers celebrate Sangli’s newly elected mayor Digviijay Suryvanshi and deputy mayor Prithviraj Patil on Tuesday. (UDAY DEOLEKAR)

Five BJP corporators switch sides, Sangli civic body gets NCP mayor

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 10:27 PM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost some of its power in the Sangli civic body after at least five BJP corporators defected to the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress
Close
Bombay high court.
Bombay high court.

Bombay HC permits bail for ISIS recruit Areeb Majeed, rejects NIA’s appeal

By KAY Dodhiya, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 12:55 AM IST
Six years after being arrested for allegedly travelling to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS), Kalyan resident Areeb Majeed will finally be released on bail
Close
The leopard, radio-collared on Monday, has been named Maharaj after Chhatrapati Shivaji.
The leopard, radio-collared on Monday, has been named Maharaj after Chhatrapati Shivaji.

Second leopard at Mumbai’s SGNP gets a radio collar

By Priyanka Sahoo, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 12:53 AM IST
A six-year-old male leopard at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) was radio-collared and released into the wild on Monday
Close
Mumbai: Two bank employees booked for siphoning off <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.19 crore
Mumbai: Two bank employees booked for siphoning off 1.19 crore

Mumbai: Two bank employees booked for siphoning off 1.19 crore

By Vijay Kumar Yadav, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 12:52 AM IST
The Powai police have booked two Bank of Baroda employees for allegedly siphoning off 1
Close
In a bid to strengthen its base, the party leaders decided to launch Sankalp Abhiyan, an outreach program under which leaders will reach out to the voter base, including farmers. (HT Photo)
In a bid to strengthen its base, the party leaders decided to launch Sankalp Abhiyan, an outreach program under which leaders will reach out to the voter base, including farmers. (HT Photo)

Maharashtra Congress decides to adopt aggressive approach; to press for separate state farm law

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 12:53 AM IST
Maharashtra Congress on Tuesday decided to adopt an aggressive approach, in a bid to regain its old glory in the state, and press for separate laws for farmers to negate the contentious farm laws passed by the Centre
Close
Banganga tank. (HT Photo)
Banganga tank. (HT Photo)

Mumbai: HC seeks survey report of Banganga Tank allegedly affected by construction activities

By KAY Dodhiya, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 12:49 AM IST
The Bombay high court (HC) has directed the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, government of Maharashtra, to conduct a survey of the Banganga Tank at Malabar Hill — a state-protected heritage structure, after the trust responsible for the tank alleged that piling and construction activities undertaken by developers nearby had affected the natural underground water, flowing into the tank
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP