The deadline to complete all pre-monsoon work has been extended to May 31 from May 15, but the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has completed only 28% of the desilting work so far, which means it has only 16 days to finish the pending work.
The BMC has completed 25% of the desilting work in the island city; in the western suburbs it’s 32%, while in the eastern suburbs it is 30%.
As per the civic body’s schedule, it has to do 70% of the desilting before the monsoon, another 20% during the monsoon and the remaining 10% after the end of the season.
“The pace at which the work is going on, we will be able to finish it by May 31,” municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar said on Friday, adding that the desilting work aims to increase the holding capacity of drains.
To ensure the contractors do a good job, the amount of silt removed from the drains will be weighed before payment is made, Kumar said. Of the 1,900 km of roads in the city, utility companies and planning agencies dug up 462 km. Of this, 26 km remain to be restored; the deadline for this too is May 15.
Roads in the western suburbs have been dug up the most — 100 km was excavated in Borivli and 40 km in Andheri — either to replace the underground utilities or to improve the quality of the roads. Only 30 km of the road was excavated in the island city.
Agencies such as the MMRDA, the BEST and the MSRDC dug up 335 km of roads; of this 13.5 km are yet to be repaired.
The BMC has identified 148 flooding spots this year, which is lesser than the 160 spots last year as two pumping stations — at Haji Ali and Irla — have become operational and the number of flood-prone spots in those areas has gone down. In the identified flooding spots, the BMC has arranged for 195 pumps to remove water.
The BMC hopes that areas such as Hindmata will flood less this year as it has made arrangements to discharge water through the Cleveland Bunder nullah. “This will help in faster discharge and waterlogging in Hindmata will reduce considerably,” said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner.