The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to float tenders to provide treated sewage water to Raj Bhavan — the official residence of Maharashtra’s governor — at low rates for gardening in April next year. Officials from the Hydraulic Engineering (HE) department cited the absence of a budgetary provision to lay an underground pipeline from Banganga sewage treatment plant to Raj Bhavan. The estimated cost of the work is at least Rs 78 lakh.
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“In all, we need to lay the underground pipeline for around 1,000 metres. Of it, the work of laying 710 metres will be carried out by the civic body. The work on the remaining 300 metres stretch, which falls in the Raj Bhavan area, will be taken up by Raj Bhavan authorities. Since there is no budget provision in the current financial year, the work can be taken up only next April,” said a senior official from HE department.
The official added that the tender related work would be completed by March. “Earlier this week, the technical approval has been given to laying the underground pipeline. Now, the estimated cost is being finalised by the department. Then, it will be forwarded to other concerned departments to complete the process for inviting tenders in April next year,” said the official.
Another senior official said the rate to provide treated water has been reduced from Rs 4.32 per thousand litres to Rs 3.27 per thousand litres. The Raj Bhavan had requested for lower rates than the regular drinking water rates.
“Besides Raj Bhavan, we also plan to give the treated water to others as well. We will make the pipeline in such way that it will allow us to give extensions if we receive any requests from the area. Also, a pipeline up to Kamla Nehru will be constructed from Banganga,” added the official.
In May, Raj Bhavan authorities had written to the civic body and said it was ready to buy the treated water for Rs 2 or Rs 3 per thousand litres for non-potable use, such as gardening. However, the BMC had initially asked it to buy water at Rs 14.52 per thousand litres but then reduced it.
Since June 2014, more than 100 crore litres of treated water has been flushed into the sea from the sewage treatment plant (STP) in Banganga.