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Sena lashes out at BJP for playing 'Water Politics' to lure voters

Thursday, July 12, 2018
By Suresh Golani

Sena corporators gift empty pots to BJP mayor; cut first anniversary cake to mark failure of project

A day after Shiv Sena legislator- Paratap Sarnaik raised a banner of dissent at the monsoon session in Nagpur against the BJP-led governance by terming the much-hyped  Surya Water Scheme as a poll gimmick, corporators of the party in the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) launched an unique protest to register their protest on Wednesday: they not only gifted Mayor Dimple Mehta (BJP) empty earthen pots but mocked the administration by cutting a cake to mark the failure of the project on its first anniversary.

After scripting history for delays, the much awaited works for the 218 MLD Surya Water Scheme which had remained on paper for seven years had finally seen the light of day, when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan performed the Bhoomi Pujan (laying of foundation stone) for the ambitious water supply project in Mira Road on July 11, 2017, month before the MBMC polls.

With Surya Dam at Dhamani village in Jawhar as the source of raw water, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has chalked out an elaborate project to provide bulk water supply amounting 403 MLD which will be divided to Mira Bhayandar and Vasai-Virar in a proportion of 218 MLD and 185 MLD respectively. Significantly, the MMRDA has for the first time endeavored to achieve excellence in a mega regional water supply scheme and this with a resolve to complete the project within an estimated time frame of 34 months and provide water to people at an extremely reasonable rates.

However, the project continues to remain on paper. “Yes, it is true that the project has hit troubled waters after a stiff opposition by local villagers. The technical survey is almost complete and permissions from the forest department will be received in a few days, following which pipe laying work will commence on land which is not under dispute,” said a senior MMRDA officer. Having a price tag of Rs.1329.01 crore, the gravity transmission project is to be executed by a multinational company.

The Design, Build, Maintain, Operate and Transfer (DBMOT) project envisages laying of pipelines on a stretch of 88 kms having underground tunnels, raw and pure water pumping stations, sub stations, water treatment and chlorination plants, break pressure towers and master balancing reservoirs.


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