Alongside, another proposal has been cleared, wherein oxygen plants will be installed at 10 locations across the city.
As per a proposal passed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), two tunnels will be set up soon to help prevent pollution in the Mithi River, at an estimated cost of ₹500 crores. This river has been swallowing waste and sewer water for years now and this project will help to mitigate its contamination levels. Alongside, another proposal has been cleared, wherein oxygen plants will be installed at 10 locations across the city, at a budget of ₹204 crores.
A pilot project to transform Mithi River
According to reports, the construction of a 6.7-km-long tunnel, from Bapat Nullah and Safed Pool Nullah up to the proposed sewage treatment plant at Dharavi, is expected to be completed in 48 months. The river has been facing sewage discharge and wastewater from industries and slums along its bank for many years.
The tunnel stretching from Bapat Nullah will have the ability to handle 78 million litres of sewage while the one running from Safed Pool Nullah, will have the capacity to collect 90 million litres of sewage, on a daily basis. Passing from about 20-25 metres below the ground, some portions of the tunnel will also cross the mangrove area, for which the project will require environmental clearance.
BMC approves construction of 11 oxygen plants to prepare for a third wave
During the second wave of the pandemic, Mumbai's oxygen demand was almost 235 metric tonnes a day and taking this figure into consideration, BMC has started making arrangements for a possible third wave. This includes the setting up of 11 oxygen plants across the city, including places like the Dahisar Jumbo Centre, BKC Jumbo Centre, among others.