CM Devendra Fadnavis to help BMC raise money for Rs 15,000-crore water project

The Damanganga-Pinjal link project will provide Mumbai with an additional 1,586 million litres of water every day

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated that he will help the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) mobilise funds to build the Damanganga-Pinjal link project, intended to provide Mumbai with an additional 1,586 million litres of water daily.

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The Central Government has cleared the project, and it is now up to the BMC to collect funds to direct the water from the source in Pinjal, into the Damanganga-Pinjal link and eventually distribute it among city networks, where the estimated cost of treating the water will be Rs 15,000 crore.

In August and December, the BMC wrote to the state government asking for it to provide 50 per cent of the funds for the ambitious project. Fadnavis told sunday mid-day, “We will ensure that the project is not stalled for the want of funds. The project has been given a national status and seeking grants from the Centre should not be a problem,” he said, adding that he was aware of the BMC’s demand that the state government provide half the funds for the same.

While Maharashtra will essentially use the water to provide Mumbai’s burgeoning drinking water needs, Gujarat is likely to use the water resource for irrigating its farms. Sources close to Fadnavis revealed that he enjoys PM Narendra Modi’s support in the project and funds are highly likely to come through.

An engineer from the water supply project, BMC, said on condition of anonymity, “If the funds come through, the work will be expedited in five years.”

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