Work on Vaitarna dam to be over by 2011

The Rs 1,500 crore Vaitarna Dam project will augment the city’s water supply to the tune of 455 million litres of water per day

A survey for the dam has been completed

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has completed its survey for the construction of the Vaitarna Dam. The dam will augment the city’s water supply to the tune of 455 million litres of water per day and it will be completed by the end of 2011. The Rs 1,500 crore drinking water project for the city is being done under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

For this purpose, a detailed design and engineering survey of the right and left banks of the Vaitarna were carried out. A consultant was appointed to conduct the survey at a cost of Rs 1.19 crore and this amount will be sanctioned after the proposal for it is tabled in the upcoming BMC standing committee meet. Information gained from the survey will be used to finalise the design and estimates. A bid for firms to construct the dam will be opened in the next few months.

The central government has funded Rs 1,300 crore and the rest of the amount will be procured from the state government and the BMC. “A detailed geotechnical survey to check the quality of soil, poracity of rock and to test the quality of water was recently done. It will help design the access road, bridges and to lay the dam’s foundation,” said PR Ajgaonkar, the BMC deputy chief engineer of the project. 

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