Pune: Mula-Mutha River Rejuvenation Project Gets Boost, JICA Approves Tender Process

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Pune, 21st February 2022: Mayor Muralidhar Mohol today informed that the way for conservation of both Mula-Mutha rivers in the city has now been cleared and the tender process for the project, which is being implemented with the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has been approved by JICA.

Mayor Mohol also said that the ground breaking ceremony of the project will be held soon. The process was stalled due to the final approval was awaited. However, now that JICA has given a nod for the tender process, the project will be approved by the Standing Committee of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

In this project, a total of 11 sewage treatment plants will be set up on the banks of the Mula and Mutha rivers passing through the city. The sewage water will be completely purified and only then it will be discharged into the river. 55 km long drainage lines will be built for the purpose. As a result, the Mula and Mutha rivers which have been on the verge of extinction for the last several years will flow with clean water.

Giving information about this, Mayor Mohol said, ‘When Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in Pune Municipal Corporation in 2017, it had promised the people of Pune to revive both the rivers. That promise is now beginning to be fulfilled. This is a matter of great satisfaction not only for all Punekars but for the conservation of Pune’s environment. Although it is true that there were technical difficulties in the tender process for this, now the important stage has been crossed by removing all the difficulties.”

He added, “With the approval of JICA, river rejuvenation and river banks development projects will be started along with it. I would like to thank all the officers, office bearers, all the departments of the state and central government for their efforts for the approval of this project. The then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis paid special attention to this project and pursued it. The then Union Minister Prakash Javdekar as Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and MP Girish Bapat took follow up of the project from time to time.”