Pune, 29th September 2022: To de-pollution Mula-Mutha River, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is implementing the Mula-Mutha River Conservation Project in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) company, under which 100 percent of the wastewater generated in the city will be treated and released into the Mutha River.
This is a project worth about Rs 1,500 crore, in which a loan of Rs 990 crore will be provided by JICA through the Centre. The project, which was approved in 2016, will finally be launched in October.
It has been decided to complete all types of survey work for this work by 10th October and then start the work immediately. For this, JICA company representatives and municipal officials have recently conducted a joint inspection of the sites for this project.
Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar informed that this decision was taken in the meeting held after this inspection. Meanwhile, while starting the work of this project, the work of 11 sewage treatment centres will be started at the same time and the required sites have also been taken over by the Municipal Corporation.
The city generates 873 MLD of sewage every day. However, the municipal corporation currently has 10 sewage treatment plants and only 450 MLD of water is purified from them. Therefore, the Mula-Mutha rivers are among the most polluted rivers in the country. In this project, 11 sewage treatment plants will be set up, and their capacity will be around 850 MLD per day. Therefore, 100 percent of the wastewater generated in the city due to old and new projects will be treated and released into the Mula-Mutha river. As a result, the pollution of the river will be significantly reduced. Also, since the latest technology will be used in this wastewater centre, this purified water can be given to the municipal corporation for agriculture through canals.
Meanwhile, the municipal administration has requested the representatives of JICA Company to include the 23 newly included villages in the municipality and the six old wastewater centres which are being demolished by the municipality in the work of the JICA project. For this, the company’s officials have taken a positive stance, and the administration has also informed that the proposal will be sent immediately as soon as the in-principle approval is received from them.