The upcoming state Assembly elections may further delay the already long-pending phase-II of the Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project (MSDP). The Rs 4,000 crore-project, to be carried out by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) at Bandra Reclamation, has been stuck due to non-compliance for the past two years by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in vacating a municipal plot.
Under the project, waste-water treatment plants are to be built to treat sewage water before it is let off into the sea to avoid damage to marine ecology. The three-acre municipal plot identified for the project next to the current sewage plant at Bandra Reclamation is being used by the MSRDC, which has not vacated the plot yet. The BMC had given the plot to the MSRDC on a temporary basis for a casting yard for the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
An MSDP senior official said, “We have written to the department on several occasions to handover the land, so that we can start the project at the earliest. But the project maybe delayed further, now that the code of conduct has set in and the elections will be held next month.”
An MSRDC official said though they had completed work on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, it needed the casting yard for the Worli-Haji Ali Sea Link.
Meanwhile, a plant in Malad has also been stuck because of environmental clearances for the past two years. The civic body has now appointed a consultant to look into the clearances for the project. “We have to follow a strict set of environmental norms for the project in Malad. We have hired a consultant, who will help us maintain these norms and seek clearances at the earliest,” the official added.
The MSDP official added that the development of the sewage plants at both the locations was highly necessary noting the growing infrastructure in the city.