MMRDA’s water project’s planning by 2013

Projects worth Rs 4,700 crore, to solve MMR water woes for 20 years
Mumbai 20 October 2010: Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA’s) series of projects for meeting the region’s water demand up to 2021 and 2031 will reach a formative phase preferably by 2013. Under Water Conveyance System, the projects including, building dams and water supply systems will safeguard the unrestricted water supply for about 20 years. The Authority is in the process of shaping fine lines of PPP model and competent consultants.
Following the reports submitted by the Dr Chitale Committee after studying water resources and demand supply gaps, in 1993 for Mumbai and another study in 2003 for metropolitan region other than Mumbai city, MMRDA has chalked out the road map for creating new water resources and supply systems. Although, the urban water supply is the statutory responsibility of the municipal corporation and council, MMRDA has come forward to strengthen their hands for creating additional sources of water and enhancing the water availability in the region.
MMRDA will invest Rs 4,731.04 crore on constructing dams and creating a conveyance system in MMR. The investment will go towards four water projects in Thane and Raigad districts. MMRDA is working out the modalities of the water distribution network.
The areas to benefit from the project include the far-flung Mumbai western suburbs such as Mira-Bhayandar and Nalasopara, and municipalities in Thane district. The projects are expected to supply about 3,300 million liter per day (mld) water by 2014.
The authority has already spent Rs 96 crore on Surya dam for supply of 303 mld water and supply systems to cost Rs 945 crore. Besides, it plans to spend Rs 1,300 crore on Shahi dam (940 mld), Rs 1,000 crore on Poshir dam (920 mld), and Rs 1,400 crore on Kalu dam (1,140 mld). On completion, these water projects will cater the demand of Eastern and Western sub region of MMR and also be a boon for MMRDA’s planned rental housing schemes.
As per estimations, the current water levels of water supply are falling short of demand by 1500 mld.
“We need to be proactive to meet this shortfall taking into consideration future demand also. We expect that the current shortage, if not met adequately in near future with additional resources, the demand-supply gap would widen up to 5,000 mld by 2031,” said Ms Ashwini Bhide, Joint Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.
“These dams will be constructed by the Water Resources Department and MMRDA will then develop the conveyance system to take the water up to concerned urban local bodies. We are exploring the possibilities of structuring these projects on PPP mode. On completion, the projects would not let the supply be below demand levels up to 2031,” said Ms Bhide.

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