Delhi Appoints An International Agency For Mula-Mutha Rejuvenation
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.