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After being on paper for almost 10 years, the Centre's environment clearance for the BMC's ambitious Malad sewerage treatment plant (STP) project has come as a big boost.

The project, that is estimated to cost R1,800 crore, will generate 847 million litres of treated water daily that can be used for non-potable purposes.

While the project is planned across 5,500 hectares, the waste water generated in the north end of the city will be treated through this project. As a large number of mangroves are likely to be destroyed during the construction of this plant, the BMC has been mandated to plant three times the number of mangroves cut.

However, the forest department's clearance remains a roadblock in the project. What has come as a relief to the civic body is the no-objection certificate received from the HC to cut the mangroves.

The permission from the environment ministry for the project came late last month.

Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner of BMC, tweeted about it: "EAC of #MoEF grants #CRZ clearance to #Malad #STP. Hon. #HC clearance also received. Now for #Forest Clearance."