Agency to study proposed Gargai dam’s construction area

BMC also wants to hire an agency to vet dam’s designs

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) wants to appoint an agency to conduct a study of the proposed Gargai dam’s construction area that falls in an earthquake-prone region in Palghar district, and another agency for vetting the dam’s designs. A proposal to appoint these agencies will be put forth before the standing committee on Tuesday.

One of the BMC’s most ambitious projects to increase water supply to Mumbai, Gargai dam has been in the pipeline for years. Even in this year’s annual budget, the BMC has set aside ₹122 crore towards preliminary work. A consultant is expected to submit a detailed project report, including designs, soon. The dam is expected to add 440 million litres daily to the city’s water supply.

All dams falling under earthquake-prone zones require a study to be conducted. Only then will their agencies get the no objection certificate from the Central Water Commission. The civic body wants to appoint Pune’s Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) for the job. It will pay CWPRS ₹13.77 lakh for the study. Besides, it wants to appoint Central Design Organisation (CDO) of Nashik for vetting Gargai dam project designs and the dam’s hydrology report. The CDO will be paid ₹19.5 lakh for the job.

The BMC has planned two dams, Gargai and Pinjal, in view of the city’s increasing water demand. Besides, it has planned a Damanganga-Pinjal river link project that will be executed by the Maharashtra government along with Gujarat. Every year, the BMC makes a provision for the three in its annual budget, but the projects are moving at a snail’s pace.

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