The Hindustan Times’ monsoon audit — which found the city to be far from being rain ready — served as a rude awakening for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) civic on Tuesday, with civic chief Ajoy Mehta ordering an immediate cleaning of the spots mentioned in the audit.
Mehta ordered all the ward officers to get to work at once and remove the silt and garbage from the nullahs. He also wants them to submit a desilting report along with photographic evidence at the earliest.
“I am supervising the monsoon preparedness work in the city on a daily basis. Following HT’s report, I have directed ward officials to get to work and action will be taken in case of negligence,” Mehta said.
The Hindustan Times, in its annual audit of the city’s preparedness to face the monsoon, found the situation to be worse than the last year.
The expert panel visited 10 nullahs in the city and gave an overall rating of 4.03 out of 10.
The panel was appalled by the condition of Gobar Nullah in Santacruz (East) near Milan subway, with the nullah overflowing with cow dung, silt and garbage and no sign of desilting. Milan Subway, which is highly congested and is always under water during the monsoon, is likely to face the same fate this year, too, with experts scoring it an abysmally low 2.4/10.
This is contrary to the claims made by the BMC last week, of having finished 99% of the desilting work at all the major and minor nullahs as well as the nullahs connecting Mithi River.