The Maharashtra government is considering roping in expertise from St Petersburg in Russia to clean up the sluggish Mithi River and make it navigable, with plans of using the 18-km river for transportation. On the sidelines of the BRICS cities conclave at Hotel Trident, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday held bilateral meetings with delegates from Brazil, Russia and China on the issue.
A senior official said, “St Petersburg has extensive experience in river cleaning and making rivers navigable. So in our discussions, the chief minister said we could consider the same technology for the Mithi River.”
He added that delegates from St Petersburg discussed the work of Vodokanal St Petersburg, a company of the City of St Petersburg, in making waterways navigable. The company operates the city’s water fountains, public toilets, and supplies water to 5 million people. St Petersburg already has a sister-city agreement with Mumbai.
Fadnavis recently said the government plans to send a proposal to start water transport on the Mithi river to the National Inland Waterways Authority.
The chief minister also interacted with delegates from Shanghai on how to further the sister-city agreement signed between the two cities in September 2014.