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75 MLD scheme is on the way, ban on new water lines to end: MBMC

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Mira Bhayandar: Here’s some good news for residents of Mira Bhayandar who are eagerly waiting to get piped water in their homes for the past six years.

After landing into troubled waters on the issue of various clearances, the much awaited 75 MLD water supply scheme is in its final stages and is expected to release a partial quantum by April end. The rest will be released in a controlled manner before the second half of 2017.

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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the project in October, 2015. The Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) is all set to sanction new water supply lines to new buildings, immediately after the supply is augmented by at least 25 MLD. A cursory look at the recently passed budget reveals that the water supply wing anticipates a revenue of Rs. 20 crore  by issuing new connections in the current fiscal.

As against the requirement of 175 MLD, the twin-city with a populace of more than 12 lakh has a total supply of 136 MLD out of which 86 MLD comes from STEM water supply authority and the remaining 50 MLD from the MIDC. With water supply infrastructure under huge pressure, new water connections have been banned since October, 2011.

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“The project is on the verge of completion. Since, the existing network has the ability to absorb an additional quantum we will enhance the supply and start issuing connections. A meeting to this effect has been scheduled with the water resources minister,” said legislator Narendra Mehta.

Apart from laying a network of pipelines measuring 80 kms, online booster pumps and elevated storage reservoirs, the Rs 269 crore project approved under the Nagarothan Mahabhiyan comprises of a Master Plan, which outlays overhauling of the entire internal pipe-work networking system of the twin-city.