HT monsoon audit: Travelling from Mumbai airport? Brace for bumpy ride, overflowing nullahs
Mumbai city news: HT tested the BMC’s monsoon preparedness on June 2, accompanied by a former civic chief, retired engineers and civic activistsmumbai Updated: Jun 07, 2017 11:38 IST
Travelling from Mumbai’s airport anytime soon? Brace for a bumpy ride and filthy nullahs.
Bandra, Andheri, Khar, Vile Parle and Santacruz residents will be the worst-affected this monsoon. Four of the 10 nullahs or storm water drains HT rated the lowest after an audit are in the western suburbs.
- Behrampada nullah in Bandra (East) scored 1.4/10.
- Rasraj nullah in Vile Parel (West) scored 2.4/10.
- Mithi river in Bandra-Kurla Complex scored 3/10. If it overflows, Vakola, Kalina, Bandra and Andheri will be affected.
- Kranti Nagar nullah in Kurla scored 3/10. If it overflows, Andheri, Kurla and Santacruz residents will be hit.
HT tested the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) monsoon preparedness on June 2, accompanied by a former civic chief, retired engineers and civic activists.
The panellists gave Bandra’s Behrampada nullah the lowest score – 1.4/10. The nullah was filled with garbage and swathes of filth. Sewage was directly discharged into it.
Two of the five experts scored the Rasraj nullah in Vile Parle (West) 0/10, saying nothing had been done to improve its state. “No work appears to have been done at this site. It is one of the vital nullahs in this area and needs to be prioritised,” said DK Pathak, a retired storm water drains engineer.
The worst work, this year, however, was at the Mithi river in the Bandra-Kurla Complex. Till June 4, the civic body had completed only 45% of the desilting work along the river’s western stretch. The BMC blamed late approvals from the standing committee for the delay.