Bhima river action plan yet to take off


The Rs 800-crore action plan for a pollution-free Bhima river basin is yet to be implemented, with the detailed report project (DPR) still in the works. The project was to be started this year.

The report, which was to have an all-round implementation of the plan, was to draw funds from various agencies as well as the government. The Union government had sanctioned Rs 5 crore for the DPR. "The DPR is being readied. While the short-term measures have been discussed, the long-term measures through the DPR is yet to be readied. The agency has been given a time frame. Each and every project mentioned in the plan will be given a specific time frame for the plan to be implemented," said P K Mirashe, joint director (PAMS Division) Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).

Having played a key role in taking forward the plan when he was regional officer in Pune, Mirashe said the project stressed the need for efficient management of water supply and waste water treatment systems.

The Bhima river action plan was jointly conceptualised by the district collectorate and the MPCB giving details of the causes of pollution of rivers such as Indrayani, Pavana, Mula, Mutha, Kukadi, Ghod and Bhama, which join the Bhima river.

The plan was submitted a year ago to the state government, which in turn forwarded it to the Centre seeking funds. Last year, the Centre sanctioned Rs 5 crore to the state environment department for preparing the DPR. The agency was asked to ready the plan. "However, the municipal corporations and councils agreed to treat sewage water and have made the necessary budgetary allocations," he added.

District administration officials said they were awaiting the DPR. "Unless the DPR is ready, there cannot be any progress on the plan," said a senior official.

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