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No funds received from the Centre for the development of Mithi River: RTI report

The MMRDA administration recently informed RTI activist Anil Galgali that the centre, post the Mithi River flood in 2005, had decided to offer INR 1657.11 crore for development and security. However, not a penny has been released in 15 years

No funds received from the Centre for the development of Mithi River: RTI report
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Mumbai's Mithi River was flooded on July 26, 2005, and this incident raised concerns for the government, which further sought assistance from the Centre regarding the matter.

After the discussions,  the Central Government decided to offer assistance of INR 1657.11 crores for development and security, which would be used for the development of the infrastructure in the city. However, the MMRDA administration recently informed RTI activist Anil Galgali that no funds have been received from the government in the last 15 years. 

RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought information from the MMRDA administration about the development work done by MMRDA and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) under Mithi Nadi project and the amount sought from the Center and the amount received so far. Basis this, the MMRDA administration informed Anil Galgali that the amount sought from the Center for the development work done by MMRDA was INR 417.51 crore and sought for the development work done by the corporation was INR 1239.60 crore. However, MMRDA has not received any amount so far.

The Mithi river was flooded due to heavy rains on July 26, 2005, and the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had also announced financial help, post which the state government had constituted the Mithi River Development and Conservation Authority.

According to Anil Galgali, the lack of funds has further aggravated and the amount claimed to be spent needs to be audited again. He added that the central government needs to reimburse the expenses as promised.

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