Delhi Ap­points An In­ter­na­tional Agency For Mula-Mutha Re­ju­ve­na­tion

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The Cen­tre has ap­pointed a Lon­don-based con­sul­tant agency for the 950 crore Mula-Mutha re­ju­ve­na­tion project that aims at restrict­ing re­lease of un­treated sewage into the river, city MP Anil Shi­role said. He said the Union En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry has is­sued a let­ter on the ap­point­ment of the con­sul­tant; a cru­cial push to the project an­nounced in 2015, but which is yet to take off. The ac­tual field­work will, how­ever, start af­ter the civic body’s stand­ing com­mit­tee ap­proves it. The project aims at mea­sures to stop pol­lu­tion by restrict­ing re­lease of sewage into the river by con­struct­ing sewage treat­ment plants (STPs) along its banks, lay­ing sewer lines and con­struct­ing com­mu­nity toi­lets. Shi­role said he will try faster im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project and en­sure that it re­ceives nec­es­sary as­sis­tance from the Cen­tre. The leader pledged to hold talks with Deven­dra Fad­navis, Chief Min­is­ter, to re­solve is­sues re­lated to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project. The Mula-Mutha in Pune is one of the 302 pol­luted rivers, which stretches across the coun­try, iden­ti­fied by Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board. The ma­jor fac­tor be­hind the pol­lu­tion of Mula-Mutha is dis­charge of un­treated do­mes­tic waste wa­ter into the river be­cause of in­ad­e­quate sew­er­age sys­tem and treat­ment ca­pac­ity, and open defe­ca­tion along the river­banks. The civic ad­min­is­tra­tion has, how­ever, iden­ti­fied lo­ca­tions along the river wherein sewage is be­ing re­leased into the wa­ter.

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