Projects To Reduce Pollution In River Mula-Mutha Fast-Tracked, Says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

Projects To Reduce Pollution In River Mula-Mutha Fast-Tracked, Says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

The components proposed under projects to restore the Mula-Mutha river include the construction of eleven new Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) and laying of 113.6 km of sewer lines for collection of untapped sewage
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Projects To Reduce Pollution In River Mula-Mutha Fast-Tracked, Says Union Minister Prakash JavadekarThe new projects will increase the sewage treatment capacity of Pune from 477 MLD to 873 MLD, enabling the city to cater to its sewage treatment requirements till the year 2027

Pune: Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said the Rs. 990-crore worth project that aims to reduce the pollution of Mula-Mutha river in Pune has been fast-tracked. Mr. Javadekar, who is the Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, was speaking after conducting a review of the ‘Project for Pollution Abatement of River Mula Mutha in Pune’. Officials of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), forest department and consultants related to the project were present for the review meeting. The Minister said, “The dream of Pune city is going to be fulfilled soon as the Rs. 990 crore project, which aims to reduce the pollution of Mula-Mutha river, has now been fast-tracked.”

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Seventy per cent of the first package work of the project in Baner (a suburb in Pune) has been completed and clearance for four packages (involving the construction of Sewage Treatment Plants) will be given in few days, he said. Mr. Javadekar added,

Once the approval is given, foundation stones will be laid for these four packages in the next two months.

Pune lies at the confluence of Mula and Mutha rivers. It is among the 35 polluted river stretches in the country, classified as Priority 1 (the highest risk category) by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The major reasons for pollution of Mula-Mutha are discharge of untreated domestic waste-water into the river due to inadequate sewerage system (including pumping stations) and sewage treatment capacity in the town, as well as open defecation on the river banks. He said adding that he would undertake follow-up of the project activities every month,

All the agencies have met and decided the project timeline. All the agencies will work in tandem and make sure that there are no obstacles.

The minister made it clear that it is a joint project of the Centre and the PMC for cleaning of Mula-Mutha river under the National River Conservation Plan, and not of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as it is believed to be. He said, “JICA is the bank which is providing the finances, but the project is that of the government of India and the PMC.

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Major components proposed under the project include the construction of eleven new Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), laying of 113.6 km of sewer lines for collection of untapped sewage and renovation/rehabilitation of four existing intermediate pumping stations.

These measures will increase the sewage treatment capacity of Pune from 477 MLD to 873 MLD, enabling the city to cater to its sewage treatment requirements till the year 2027. Noting that the loan given by JICA will be repaid neither by the Maharashtra government nor by the PMC but by the Centre, Mr. Javadekar said the project was a “gift” of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government to Pune. He said the project was pending for ten years from2004, and clearance was given to it when he took over as the environment minister in 2014.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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