The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation claims 95 per cent of nullahs [drains] in the city have been cleaned but a corporator, who is among the decision-makers in the BMC, does not buy this.
Bharatiya Janata Party corporator Ashish Shelar has formed two special squads to clean the clogged drains in his Khar ward.
Shelar, a corporator from saffron alliance that rules the corporation has formed two teams of six people each who will work on daily wages. Shelar will bear the expenses. The teams started cleaning storm water drains on Monday.
“I am doing it to avoid a disastrous situation during the monsoon,” Shelar said.
His ward, Ward Number 93, spreads across Santacruz and Khar (West) and has some chronic flood-prone spots such as Road Number 17, Meera Baug, North Avenue, and CD Marg.
“The teams will work at least for a month and if need be, will continue until September-end,” Shelar said. The corporator has also provided the teams with equipment.
Chandrakant Watve, chief engineer, Storm Water Drain department said, “I will get the exact information [on the initiative] and then comment.”
The Hindustan Times’ audit of the cleaning of nullahs in the city showed that only 60 per cent of the work had been done.
After the audit reports were published, senior BMC officers visited the spots and instructed the local ward offices to monitor the condition of the drains.
Watve said 95 per cent of the cleaning work is done.
“Slum dwellers should stop dumping garbage in the drains. Until they have been rehabilitated this will not end,” Watve added.