BMC may fast-track Pinjal project to end water woes
Determined to end water woes, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is contemplating going ahead with Pinjal water dam project instead of the Gargai water dam project, as the former has more yield capacity.
To bridge the gap between the demand and supply, the BMC is now pinning its hopes on new projects such as the Middle Vaitarna and Gargai.
The Gargai project being executed by BMC, according to Chitale Committee report, was to be completed by 2020.
Now, a new deadline of 2017 has been set.
Though the Pinjal dam project was to be carried out by the BMC earlier, owing to the cash crunch the responsibility was shifted over the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority.
The development has set a 2015 deadline for its completion. Gargai is capable of supplying 455 million litres daily (MLD) to the city, while Pinjal's capacity is 850 mld.
"The civic commissioner feels that we must focus on big water projects such as Daman Ganga-Pinjal and not on Gargai," said Rahul Shewale, chairman of the civic standing committee. The link between Pinjal and Damanganga River too will benefit the civic body.
"In the commissioner's opinion, by prioritising the Daman Ganga-Pinjal project, the city's water requirement will be fulfilled at the earliest. The project is expected to provide 2,400 mld of water, of which the state will get 1,200 mld and the BMC 1,200 mld," Shewale said.
But municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar said, "We have not decided yet about Pinjal project yet."