Round two for Mithi clean-up to begin next month

Second phase of the Mithi river widening and beautification project will begin on November 15, reports Uma Upadhyaya.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2006 00:33 IST

Second phase of the Mithi river widening and beautification project will begin on November 15.

In a review meeting with the Mithi River Development and Protection Authority (MRDPA), Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh instructed the BMC and MMRDA to finish work of ear-marking the boundaries of the river by November 7.

"Work on the next phase should start by November 15", said Deshmukh. The plan, prepared by the MRDPA involves deepening, widening and de-silting the river and resettling project-affected persons as per the recommendations of the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), Pune, and IIT Mumbai.

Mithi River Project

The project of widening the Mithi river has been undertaken for the first

time. The stretch from CST Kurla to Powai will be cleaned of debris and

widening by BMC. The MMRDA will undertake work from CST bridge to Mahim

Creek. There are 3,800 illegal encroachments along the river banks. The

Mithi running along the Mumbai airport and Kurla-Kalina has been widened up

to 60m from 12m last year.

Project cost Rs 1284.35 crore include:

• Widening and deepening – Rs 330 crore.

• Pumps and slice gates- Rs 83 crore.

• Boundary wall construction – Rs 226 crore.

• Bridges- Rs 80 crore.
• Sewerage- 197 crore.

• Roads- 25 crore.

• Solid waste management- Rs 8 crore.
• Beautification- Rs 15 crore.

According to Jayraj Phatak, principal secretary, Urban Development, "In the areas that is with the MMRDA, there is not much problem, but where BMC is concerned, there are many structures along the river that have to be removed and resettled".

Work on desilting and widening the river has already begun. While, the MMRDA is in-charge of 3.5 km of the river stretch, the BMC has to clean up and widen 10.2 km.

After the 26/7 deluge during the monsoons last year, work on widening the river began in April this year. In the first phase, while the MMRDA has completed cleaning 1.15 lakh cubic metres, the BMC has so far completed clearing 65,000 cubic metres of the area.

Around 1612 families have been resettled in tenements constructed by the MHADA.

For the second phase, tenements would be constructed at Turbhe in Navi Mumbai. While in the first phase around Rs 50 crores were spent, Rs 1284.35 crore would be spent in the next phase that would also include Rs 15 crore to be spent on beautification of the areas along the river such as Mahim Nature Park where a mini golf course would be constructed.

No deadline has been set up for the completion of the project so far.

First Published: Oct 27, 2006 00:20 IST