L&T among bidders for BMC’s pumping station

The civic body's efforts over the last few years to woo big infrastructure firms for its major projects has finally borne fruit with infrastructure giant Larsen & Toubro bidding for a part in the mega Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation storm water drains (BRIMSTOWAD) project.

The company, along with Skyway Infraprojects Limited and Pratiba Industries, has bid for constructing a Rs 13-crore pumping station at Gazdarband, Khar Dhanda, in the western suburbs.

"We have yet to open the financial packet of the tender but these are our bidders. This is the first time in a long time that a company of such stature has bid for this work. We are currently scrutinising the bid and the lowest bidder will be awarded the tender in a few days," deputy municipal commissioner L S Vhatkar said.

"After finalising the tenders, we will send the proposal for approval from the standing committee, after which work can begin," he said, adding that the plot for the facility has already been identified.

The Rs 3,000-crore BRIMSTOWAD project, aimed at resolving water logging problems, is expected to increase Mumbai's drainage capacity from 25 mm to 50 mm per hour. Four of the eight pumping stations constructed under this project are dedicated to the island city alone. They are located at Haji Ali, Love Grove, Cleaveland Bunder and Britannia. Three other stations Irla, Gazdarband, and Mogra are situated in the western suburbs while a pumping station at Mahul has been planned for the eastern suburbs. Two pumping stations at Irla and Haji Ali are operational and are said to have reduced waterlogging in the area significantly.

In a major relief for Hindmata junction near Dadar, which sees chronic flooding, the standing committee last week approved a Rs 138-crore tender for constructing a pumping station at Britannia in the island city. "We expect to complete 50 per cent of the work by the next monsoon. By the 2015 monsoon, we hope to complete the project," Vhatkar said.

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