The BMC has cancelled the Gargai dam project which will save 4.5 lakh trees.

BMC chief Iqbal Chahal said learning from experiences of the two cyclones, the BMC decided there was no point in cutting down 4.5 lakh trees to build Gargai dam and bring drinking water to Mumbai.

He said BMC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an Israeli firm, IDE, to set up a desalination plant at Manori to convert 1,800 million litres of seawater daily into potable water.