NEW DELHI: In a significant development, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been given go-ahead by Supreme Court for its ambitious Sewage Treat Plants (STPs) project on Wednesday.
The BMC has been trying to set up the Sewerage Treatment Plants at seven locations namely, Worli, Bandra, Malad, Ghatkopar, Dharavi, Bhandup and Versova at a cost of nearly Rs 26,000 crores.
After completion of these seven STPs in Mumbai, not only 2464 million litres (MLD) of sewerage water per day will be re-cycled for re-use but also the critical issue of environmental degradation will get addressed, the BMC stated.
While the project faced many hurdles, on Wednesday Supreme Court appreciated the work done by BMC in a short time and directed the Municipal Commissioner to award the tender to the eligible lowest bidder before May 31. Further, the Court has kept the next date of hearing in July 2022 to monitor the progress of setting up of these seven STPs in Mumbai.
On February 24, SC passed the order allowing BMC to float and process the tenders and apprise the Court of the steps which have been taken on May 4. The Supreme Court also directed that in the event that any party or bidder has any objection whatsoever to the tendering process, such objections shall be raised before the Supreme Court only and before no other Court. Such a direction was passed in order to obviate any further delay by the grant of stays or injunctions by any other court, thereby impending the process of inviting bids for the setting up of STPs which are crucial to the environmental well-being of Greater Mumbai.
The Court directed the Municipal Commissioner to personally monitor the progress of the tender process so as to obviate any bottlenecks in the decision-making process. As per the orders of the Supreme Court, BMC floated and processed the tenders between February and April 2022. Three bids for Dharavi, 3 for Bandra, 4 for Versova, 3 for Ghatkopar, 2 for Worli, 2 for Malad and 7 for Bhandup were received.
The detailed information regarding the tendering process and the details of the lowest bids received for each of these 7 STPs were submitted to the Supreme Court in the form of an affidavit filed by the Municipal Commissioner on May 2.
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