BMC Attracts Three International Bids for Construction of Underground Holding Ponds

BMC Attracts Three International Bids for Construction of Underground Holding Ponds

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has received interest from three international bidders to study and draft a project report on the feasibility of constructing underground silos or holding ponds across Mumbai to prevent waterlogging during monsoons. The report is expected to give the BMC a clearer picture of where such holding ponds can be constructed. 

It is revealed that the civic body has received bids to draft this report from companies based out of Japan, the Netherlands, and South Korea that have tie-ups with Indian companies. The BMC originally sent out the tenders for the same back in May 2020 and a consultant is expected to be confirmed in February. As per senior civic officials, the holding ponds will be constructed over the next five years. 

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It is said that the aforementioned holding ponds will be designed and built-in line with holding ponds in Tokyo, Japan. The civic body’s idea involves creating these ponds underground so as to collect the water that would otherwise flow into the Mithi River and cause flooding.

The appointed consultant will be tasked with carrying out a 1-year study of rainfall patterns as well as the geography of the city, the contours, and research the rocky areas. 

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Following the study, the consultant will send a report to the BMC and will then be appointed the project management consultant for a period of four years. The consultation part alone is expected to cost the BMC around ₹31 crores. 

Additional Municipal Commissioner of the BMC, P Velrasu said, “We have received three international bids from Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands. The bids are being studied as of now and we will finalize it in another 15 days.”

In addition to the Mithi River, the holding ponds will also contain excess water from Powai, Tulsi, and Vihar lakes. This is one part of the rejuvenation efforts planned by the BMC for the Mithi River. Other plans include boosting aquatic life in the river while also enhancing the green belt near its banks around Powai and Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road.

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