Government approves tender documents for Rs 1,000 crore Mula-Mutha river development project
The river rejuvenation in the city, with the help of the Japan international cooperative agency (Jica) will now be able to start. The project was delayed because it failed to appoint a consultant to prepare the tender document.Updated: Jun 02, 2018 15:07 IST
The river rejuvenation in the city, with the help of the Japan international cooperative agency (Jica) will now be able to start as the Central government has approved the terms and conditions for floating the tenders.
The ₹1,000-crore Mula-Mutha river development project was approved by the central government in January 2016, but the project has failed to kick-start. Earlier, the project got delayed because it failed to appoint a consultant to prepare the tender document.
PMC then, with a consultant on board, prepared the tender document and submitted it to the central government. The government took two months to give nod for the terms and conditions.
V J Kulkarni, PMC’s water department head, confirmed that the civic body has got the permission from the government and it has approved the terms and conditions prepared by the municipal corporation. Now PMC will float the tender for actual works. Kulkarni said that by considering the tender period and upcoming monsoon season, the work on the ground will start during Diwali.
The Mula Mutha river which passes through Pune is one of the 302 polluted rivers in the country. Discharge of untreated domestic waste into the river due to inadequate sewage treatment facilities are among the major reasons for pollution in this river. A loan agreement was signed on June 13, 2016 with Jica for pollution abatement of the river by January 2022. Under the agreement, the government of Japan committed to provide a soft loan of ₹1,000 crore to India for the project at an interest rate of 0.30 per cent per annum.