After chief minister Devendra Fadnavis directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to share the daily details of their desilting work on storm water drains till June 10, the civic body said it will soon do so.
“All the instructions (on desilting) of the CM will be followed,” said Ajoy Mehta, Municipal Commissioner.
According to a source, the data will be uploaded on the BMC’s website (www.mcgm.gov.in)
The details includes the percentage of silt removed and transported from both major and minor nullahs across the city. The Opposition has said the civic administration failed to transport the silt and which, if not lifted, will go back into the drains causing floods. The data will also include information on the silt removed from Mithi River.
Meanwhile, the civic chief has also asked all additional municipal commissioner (AMCs) and deputy municipal commissioner (DMCs) to oversee the work and has asked all 24 ward officers to regularly visit sites of road repairs and desilting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the source said.
The desilting work has been the bone of contention between allies-turned-foes Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for two years with both parties trying to take credit for a flood-free monsoon and also blame each other for poor monsoon preparedness.
The recent order from Fadnavis came a day after Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said he was pleased with the work done by the BMC. He said it would be a flood-free monsoon for Mumbai. However, the BJP, which called the desilting work unsatisfactory, met the CM and asked that desilting work details are shared online.
In 2015, the civic body had carried out an inquiry into the drains desilting work, where malpractices were revealed.After the desilting scam was unearthed, former allies Sena and BJP have been fighting to take the credit for unearthing the scam. The BJP’s senior leaders have been harping on how the party is freeing the civic body of “corruption” and “mafia raj”.
The cleaning of major storm water drains in the city started from April 1, whereasofficials started work on minor nullahs on April 7. The cleaning is important to ensure the city is not flooded during the rains. The BMC claims to have finished over 48.26% of its work and expects to finish the work by June.