River rejuvenation flowing from Gujarat’s Sabarmati to Pune’s Mula-Mutha
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River rejuvenation flowing from Gujarat’s Sabarmati to Pune’s Mula-Mutha

During his tenure as Minister for Environment and Forests, current Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar signed a Rs 1,000 crore agreement with a Japanese agency to revive the Mula and Mutha rivers. Like Modi did with Gujarat’s Sabarmati river, Javadekar believes the rivers will flow clean again

pune Updated: Jun 05, 2017 17:41 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
A man collects coconuts thrown as offerings by worshippers on the weed covered Sabarmati river, ahead of World Water Day, in Ahmedabad, India, March 21, 2017. (REUTERS)

Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Prakash Javadekar, on Monday, said that the Mula and Mutha, the two rivers flowing through Pune, will be rejuvenated along the lines of the Sabarmati river in Gujarat.

Javadekar, during his tenure as Minister for Environment and Forests, had signed an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), under which the latter agreed to offer financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for pollution abatement in the Mula and Mutha.

Citing the Modi government’s success in bringing the Sabarmati river back to life, Javadekar declared a similar project for the Mula-Mutha rivers in Pune.

To reduce the pollution of the two rivers, 11 sewage treatment plants will be built to kickstart the project.

Sabarmati Riverfront Development was developed by Modi government along the banks of Sabarmati river, flowing through Gujarat.

The project involved beautifying the banks of the river while recharging the 11km stretch river with water from the Narmada river.

“I have been hearing about the initiation of the rejuvenation of the Mula-Mutha rivers from the time I was five years old. It has been 55 years since and nothing substantial has been done till date,” Javadekar said while speaking at the inaugural meet of Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN) at the MIT campus in Kothrud, Pune.

As per ministry reports, the Mula-Mutha river development project completion target is said to be 2022.

The minister added: “The way Modiji has worked with the Sabarmati river front is commendable. We will do the same to the Mula and Mutha rivers,” Javadekar said.

The minister stressed that the climate change issue is highly linked to lifestyle, and to bring about change in environment, first the mentality and lifestyle of people needs to be made more sustainable and pro-environment.

He added that success in the Clean India initiative was achieved not only through building lakhs of toilets, but by changing the traditional mindset of people.

“So just like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan became a national movement, smart campuses should also become a student movement across India,” Javadekar said.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 17:35 IST