The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) of the Central Government has given sanction to the ambitious Nag River Rejuvenation Project and now it will be tabled before the Cabinet for final approval.
Radhakrishan B, Municipal Commssioner, made a present of the project before the committee on Wednesday at Delhi. Meanwhile, Dayashankar Tiwari, Mayor, has thanked Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport, for taking the project to successful stage. This is the dream project of Gadkari and NMC is committed to fulfil this project, he added.
A meeting of the EFC was held at Delhi under the presidentship of Secretary, Finance Department, Central Government in which Secretary of Water Resources Ministry, Director of NRDC, Additional Secretary of EFC, Additional Secretary of Finance Department, Joint Secretary (Budget), officers of Urban Development Ministry and others were present. Radhakrishnan B made a presentation on the project before the committee. On behalf of NMC, Manoj Talewar, Superintending Engineer, Dr Shweta Banerjee, Executive Engineer and Mohammad Istrail, Technical Advisor, also participated in the meeting.
NMC will implement this project and the process for appointing PMC is going on. The Centre will bear all the expenditure of PMC. Renovation of 500 km sewer line in the city would be done through this project, involving a total cost of Rs 2117.56 crore. The ratio of Centre, State Government and NMC is 60:25:15 in this project. The Centre will spend 60 per cent means Rs 1323.42 crore, State will bear the cost of 25 per cent means Rs 496.34 crore and NMC will spend 15 per cent means Rs 297.80 crore on this project. For completion of this ambitious project, Central Government will seek a financial help of Rs 1864.3 crore from Japan International Cooperation Agency of Japan.
NMC will undertake the works like blocking waste water in the river, channelize it, treatment plant, toilets etc. The project attaches importance for the citizens and it would add beauty to the city. There is a possibility of early start of the works due to loan agreement.
The special features include: Nag river originates from Ambazari lake, length of the river is 68 km, 15.68 km length of the river in urban area, creation of three new STP (92 MLD) under rejuvenation programme, upgradation of 2 STP (10 MLD), 107 manhole diversions and 48.78 km interceptor drainage.