Initiatives and Accomplishments for Mumbai: Water and Sewerage
Mumbai’s growing population needs a long term solution to its water needs. BMC’s Mid Vaitarna project was the proposed solution. Sanction and approval of Mid-Vaitarna project costing Rs 1600 crores with nearly Rs 450 crores funding from Central Government to solve the water problems of Mumbai citizens for the next 20 years was done by the efforts and follow up of Shri Gurudas Kamat. It is worth noting that this project had been given up through the tenure of the BJP-ShivSena Government in the Centre, with many Cabinet Ministers from Mumbai in that Government. Mr. Kamat, as Mumbai Congress President, during the 2004 election campaign, promised the citizens of Mumbai that if Congress came to power, this project will be approved for Mumbai. And so was done and work is now completed.
Mumbai has a drainage system which was put in place by the British. The city has certainly outgrown it, the floods of 2005 being an effect of the same, investment was needed urgently to upgrade the existing Sewerage system. Approval and sanction of financial support of Rs 1200 crores towards the BRIMSTOWAD project to upgrade sewerage system of Mumbai through Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai was possible by the sustained efforts of Shri Gurudas Kamat. Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh flew down to Mumbai especially to hand over the first cheque of Rs 400 crores to BMC for this project. Both the then Chief Minister’s Shri Vilas Rao Deshmukh and then Chief Secretary Shri Johny Joseph publicly acknowledged Mr. Kamat’s role in getting the required funds for this project in the presence of the Prime Minister, at the said function in Sahayadri Guest House.