Looks like the Nag river pollution abatement project might soon be a reality, as the centre has put this Rs 1,560 crore project to the top priority funding by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The decision was made last week in a meeting chaired by Nitin Gadkari. The JICA India Head was also a part of the meeting.
With the help of this project, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation plans to make the Nag and Pili rivers pollution-free, by treating the sewage water flowing in them. NMC will bear 15% of the project’s total cost while the remaining cost will be provided by the Centre. JICA will be providing a soft loan to the central government for this project.
Talking about this project, Mohammed Israil from NMC’s project department said, “JICA officials said they would send a team to Nagpur for a second visit in 2 to 3 months. We requested them to plan the visit early (in a month) as the project had already been delayed. Let’s see whether they agree to our request.”
After visiting the site, JICA will prepare a report to the Japanese government, which will then sanction the loan.
“NMC has complied with all the requirements of Union government and JICA. We have submitted a certificate from the state government too. Now JICA has to take the required steps,” Israil added.
Three sewage treatment plants will be constructed on the Nag river at Shankar Nagar, Sangam Yashwant stadium and St Xavier’s School. The plant at Shankar Nagar will have a capacity of 5 million litres per day (MLD) and the Yashwant stadium and St Xavier’s School plants will have 40 MLD and 3 MLD capacity respectively.
The Pili river will have 2 sewage treatment plants at Martin Nagar and Wanjra.
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