BMC urges for hi-tech model to desilt Mithi river

The civic body of Mumbai plans on applying an advanced model of technology for desilting Mithi river which is to hike the costs of the project.

BMC urges for hi-tech model to desilt Mithi river

As per reports, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is to apply an advanced model of technology for desilting Mithi river.

According to a report in Times of India, this will hike the project cost by over 500 per cent compared to last year's estimate. Earlier, two of the bidders had already alleged favouritism and extra cost burden due to specific machinery requirement and written to the BMC commissioner requesting to scrap the tender.

The civic body had undertaken the work of cleaning Mithi river from 2016-17. Earlier, the plan to clean the Mithi River was to be undertaken at a cost of ₹569.52 crores. Under this plan, officials would conduct deepening and widening works at the river.

A state-of-the-art silt pusher and the trucker machine was to be procured to remove the sludge. This silt pusher machine removes floating debris and fallen leaves into the river. However, on that basis, the question has arisen as to whether the silt at the bottom of the river will be removed. According to sources, based on this device, silt will be collected on the banks of the river and then it will have to be lifted with the help of pusher. 

On November 25, the BMC standing committee cleared four proposals pertaining to the project. As per the proposals, the sewer lines will be placed along the river to make sure the sewage doesn’t get into the water. Furthermore, the flow will be controlled via the deepening and widening of the river while the authorities will also construct a concrete protection wall and a service road.

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