BMC wants contract to build power plant on Vaitarna

The contract was given to a private firm in 2010

BMC standing committee members demanded on Monday contract for construction of a hydro power plant at Middle Vaitarna Dam be given to the civic body.

The contract was given to a private firm in 2010.

"A meeting of group leaders will be soon held with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. BMC should be given the contract. We have constructed the dam and the city requires more power," said committee chairman and Shiv Sena corporator Rahul Shewale.

Earlier this year, BMC had completed construction of the 102.4-metre-high Middle Vaitarna Dam (tallest in state) in record time. Water from the down stream of the dam is to be used to generate 25 MW of electricity, which could be sold.

"In 2010, the state government gave the contract to Mahalakshmi Hydropower Limited. But since the planning stage in 2004, BMC has been demanding the contract," said Shewale.

He said like former municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar, current civic chief Sitaram Kunte also tried to secure the hydro power plant contract for BMC.

"The state government has given the contract to a private firm, but we have developed infrastructure for the dam. Hence, we should be given charge of constructing and managing the hydro power plant," said additional municipal commissioner Rajeev Jalota.

Cost and effect

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission-funded project costs Rs 2,285 crore, of which Rs 797 crore has been spent on the dam alone. The dam will increase daily supply from the Vaitarna river to the city by a massive 455 million litres. While a central grant covers 35 per cent of the project cost, the state government will fund 15 per cent and BMC the remaining 50 per cent

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