The delay in implementation of a project to curb pollution in Mula and Mutha rivers has hiked the project cost to Rs 1,511.34 crore from the Rs 990.26 crore estimated in 2016.The civic administration has recently undertaken retendering of the project to begin the actual work.
The project cost was estimated to be Rs 990.26 crore in 2016 after it was approved by the Union government. Under the proposed project, the PMC plans to construct 11 new sewage treatment plants (STPs) of combined treatment capacity of 396 million litres per day to cater to the city’s sewage generation up to 2027, along with laying 113.6 km of sewer lines.
Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar said the PMC needed to make budgetary provisions to contribute some money for the project considering the increased project cost.
Mutha river derives from a village named Vergara, in the Western Ghats around 45 Km to the west of Pune. This river has two tributaries, Ambi and Moshi. Mula-Mutha river meets near the college of Engineering, Pune.