Directs the authorities to complete the project on time
Mumbai, May 27, 2010 – The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Ashok Chavan, during the 6th Mithi River Development and Protection Authority, (MRDPA) meeting directed the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to complete the 31 km retaining wall along the Mithi river as per the scheduled deadline. Out of 31 km retaining wall to be constructed, MMRDA has already constructed 5.5 km and remaining 5.5 km will be completed by December 2010. BMC currently has completed 7.5 km of the retaining wall and has to construct the remaining 12.5 km by 2012.
In addition, the Chief Minister has also given the required approval to widen the Mithi River from CST bridge to New Mithi Bridge to 60 to 100 metre on the upstream side. Also an average width of 160 metre will be provided from the patch of Chota Sangum to New Mithi Bridge. With this development the holding capacity of the river will increase by two times.
The estimated cost for the Mithi River development project is Rs 1657 crore. Till now Rs 600 crore has been spent on the development by MMRDA and MCGM jointly.
Expressing concern about Mangroves the Chief Minister Shri Ashok Chavan said, “A study has to be done before constructing the wall near the Mangrove areas and wherever necessary, the walls must be designed in view of conservation of mangroves.”
The meeting was called by MRDPA to finalise the Mithi River Widening Scheme, to take a stock of the progress of works by MMRDA, MCGM and Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Limited (MIAL) and to discuss other related matter. Members of MRDPA include Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), IIT Mumbai and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).