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STATE SAYS MITHI TO BE A DRAIN AND NOT A RIVER

mithi3Post the Union budget, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is likely to lobby for more funds for the state from the Centre. Among the 24 projects and issues that Chavan wants the state’s 48 MPs to fight for in the ongoing Parliament session is to assert that Mithi river be treated as a drain by the Centre and not a river. The river was partially responsible for the July 26, 2005, deluge. For the last two years, funds for the Mithi River Development Project have been stalled, with the Finance Ministry insisting that the Mithi is a river and so should seek funds under Water Resources ministry. Chavan also wants MPs to pitch for Rs 585 crore for police modernisation post-26/11 terror attacks, viability gap funding (VGF) for the Mumbai Metro and approval for the new airport. In a meeting convened in Delhi CM along with other cabinet ministers plans to brief the MPs over state demands.

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