Musi River Project would be taken up in three phases : Navin Mittal
The first board meeting of the newly constituted Musi Riverfront Development Corporation approved rising of Rs 1500 Crores for the project. The first meeting was held on Thursday. Chairman Prem Singh Rathod, Secretary Municipal Administration Navin Mittal, Secretary Finance Sandeep Kumar Sulthania, HMDA Commissioner Chiranjeevulu, GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy, TSTDC Managing Director Christina Zongthu and other officials were present on the occasion.
Secretary Navin Mittal said that the project would be taken up in three phases. Under the first phase river reach from Osmansagar to Golnaka covering a length of 33 kms will be taken up. Riverfront development and river conservation are proposed under the project. River cleaning, Bank stabilization, river walkway, Musi Nature Grove, Bridges, Rowing course and water pools are proposed under the riverfront development. Sewer Mains, Sluicegate at each Nala outlet, 30 MLD sewage treatment plant (STP) at Hydershahkote, 6 MLD STP at Miralam and 70 MLD STP at Attapur have been proposed under river conservation. 72 checkdams have been proposed. Parking facilities have been provided at 15 places under the project.
Mr Mittal said that an amount of Rs 500 crores was allocated for Musi riverfront development in this years budget. The government has also agreed to extend the government guarantee to an amount of Rs 1500 crores for raising loans. Negotiations with the banks has been initiated and some banks have agreed in principle to extend credit, he added. The Green Climate Fund and funds from the National River Conservation Directorate would also be sourced if necessary , he said.
Explaining the objectives of the project, Mr Mittal said that the project aims to take up conservation and river front development to develop riverfront as a dynamic and vibrant city level recreational and socio-cultural centre and also as a tourist destination. It also aims to create new city level green spaces along the river to enhance the riverfront so as to act as green lungs of the city. It will ensure that optimum year round water would be maintained and will divert dry weather flows of nalas to reduce pollution in river water.