Foundation stone laid for Mumbai water supply project

March 29th, 2008 - 7:45 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) Maharashtra Governor S.C. Jamir Saturday laid the foundation stone for the Rs.4.6 billion Middle Vaitarna Project that will augment Mumbai’s water supply by an additional 455 million litres per day. The Vaitarna project is considered extremely crucial for the city’s 15 million population, which has been demanding additional water for daily use.

The project is expected to be completed by 2012. On its completion, the total water supply to Mumbai will reach about 3,900 million litres per day.

Currently, Mumbai receives about 2,900 million litres of water.

The project sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) comprises the construction of a dam over the river Vaitarna flowing in neighbouring Thane district, intake tower, tunnel and pipelines, treatment plant and pumping station.

The project involves construction of a 300-foot-tall dam on the river Vaitarna located in a forest area. From the river, the water will be brought down to lower Vaitarna. A seven km tunnel will be laid and another 35 km long pipeline will bring the water up to the Bhandup water complex.

Also present at the inauguration were Mumbai mayor Shubha Raul, Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy, executive president of Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray, vice president of Bharatiya Janata Party Gopinath Munde and Minister for Social Justice Chandrakant Handore.

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