To improve the coastal water quality and meet the demand of water supply in the megapolis, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai started work on 37-million litre capacity Colaba sewage treatment plant.
The bhoomipoojan for the plant was performed by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
“BMC officers have done a great job by doing good work on this project and I hope that its work would be completed within the deadline,” said Thackeray.
Apart from Colaba, MCGM has shortlisted six other sites for sewage treatment plant in Worli, Ghatkopar, Bandra, Versova, Malad and Bhandup, through which it aims to recycle and treat 3000 million litre daily (mld) waste water.
According to civic officials, the water supply demand has been increasing continuously due to the rising population.
With rains playing truant these days, the stocks are also limited, which compels the civic body to plan its use by making water cuts.
Under the Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project (MSDP), the Colaba sewage treatment plant, situated near Afghan Church would collect the used waters from Afghan Church, Kitteries Road, Robert Road, Merry Weather Road, NF Road and A ward areas.
This water will be treated and the untreated water will be discharged into the sea through a 1,200 mm outlet.
Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said, “The first master plan to treat the sewage waters through plant was chalked out in 1979 and over the period of time civic body has carried forward this plan as per the requirement.”
Mayor Snehal Ambekar and senior officials were present on the occasion.