Come the monsoons, and corrupt BMC officials along with corporators rejoice at another opportunity to make a quick buck.
The nullahs that were supposedly cleaned, have silt left on its sides only to be allowed to return to the nullahs along with rainwater. Debris at many places has not been carted away and damaged roads are still in the process of being repaired. We will need many Anna Hazares to ensure that the BMC cleans its mess.
— Vanita Shenoy
Every year, BMC fails the rain test
The condition of Mumbai roads is turning bad to worse, all thanks to BMC’s lackadaisical approach.
The city’s drainage system needs urgent repair. Also, something needs to be done about puddles of stagnant water that are a focal point for mosquito breeding. Does the BMC need to be given this lesson every year?
Even a school going child would understand and remember in the first go. It is a major health hurdle. There is no disaster management committee to look into the needs of the people at the time of crisis. Despite the deluge on July 26, 2005, nothing concrete has been done since then.
— Jayanthy Subramaniam
Crores spent on repairs; no results
BMC’s claim is misleading — the rains hit the city last week and since then, many areas in the suburbs were flooded and traffic jams caused massive delays. In the pretext of gearing for rains, our civic body has spent crores of rupees cleaning sewage systems.
Yet, the nightmare is repeated every year. The BMC has totally failed in its duty as their officials are working hand and gloves with contractors to do faulty work and earn more money.
— Bhagwan Thadani
Use cameras, GPS to monitor clean-up
After any drain has been cleaned, civic officials leave behind garbage and debris unattended on sides of the drains for days together. And when it rains, the garbage and debris is washed away into the drains.
The BMC should go hi-tech to solve this perennial problem by using cameras and GPS-enabled mobile phones, linked with an off-site real time monitoring system. Field staff should take photographs of every drainage they clean with the help of GPS systems, upload the image with the location, date and time to a central server. The BMC should set up a website for access to these images, where ‘then and now’ snaps should be posted.
— Deendayal Lulla
Is this what the BMC calls 90% rain-ready?
Mumbai is ill equipped to handle the monsoon. On June 3, it took an hour to get from the airport to Chembur at 11:30 pm. Harbour line tracks have heaps of garbage on both sides of the track. Heavy rains will halt the trains due to water logging. Life is terrible for average Mumbaikars during monsoons, and it is all because of the BMC’s laziness.
— Vivek Sharma
Mumbaiites must clean up their act
The state government, MMRDA and BMC have not taken earnest efforts to stop waterlogging, as the main problems were dug-up roads, uncovered manholes, protruding cables, mounds of garbage and debris strewn around every street.
Especially near Saki Naka, thanks to the ongoing Metro project, the whole place is in a mess. It is such a waste of time for everyday commuters. It is the responsibility of civic authorities to ensure that the work is completed well before the arrival of the monsoons. Our roads are full of potholes.
— S Krishna Kumar