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BRIMSTOWAD PROJECT GETS A BOOST OF RS300-CRORE THIS YEAR

To expedite projects that could curb flooding in Mumbai, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee increased the allocation for the Brihanmumbai storm water drain (Brimstowad) project in the current fiscal year. The project will help MCGM increase the water retention capacity of existing storm water drains. A fact-finding committee appointed to look into reasons for the July 26, 2005, deluge had suggested this as an immediate measure. The Manmohan Singh government, which was at the helm even then, had then agreed to completely fund the Rs1,200-crore project. The state has 77 projects, the maximum in the country, approved under JNNURM in the last four years. These projects cost Rs4,912.08 crore; the Centre had initially allocated Rs5,055.55 crore for seven years, beginning 2005.

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