Corporators to get lessons in drain management
The civic body wants all corporators to increase their knowledge about storm water drain projects in the city. To ensure this, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to conduct workshops for elected representatives of all 224 wards before the onset of the rains.mumbai Updated: May 23, 2011 01:48 IST
The civic body wants all corporators to increase their knowledge about storm water drain projects in the city. To ensure this, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to conduct workshops for elected representatives of all 224 wards before the onset of the rains.
BMC officials said similar workshops were held more than a decade ago, but were stopped due to lack of interest.
To be conducted by officials of the storm water drains department, these workshops will have special focus on the ongoing desilting work to make sure that corporators are aware of the project being carried out in their own backyard.
Also, plans are afoot to circulate a fact file of the city's SWD works, including all major works under the Brihanmumbai Stormwater Drainage (Brimstowad) project.
Speaking about the initiative, standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale said, "Such training workshops will help corporators grasp the technical details of drain and desilting work. At present, most corporators are not aware of the projects that are being carried out."
LS Vhatkar, chief engineer, SWD, said they were waiting for the exact dates of the workshop to be announced. "Even though we haven't been told when these workshops will happen, we are ready to show the kind of work that has gone into desilting of the nullahs this year. Hence, we will be showing 'before' and 'after' photographs of the nullahs. We will also be telling them the various measures we have undertaken to crackdown on errant contractors, since most corporators complain to us about shoddy work."
These workshops, officials said, will also have an extensive interactive season wherein queries of corporators will be addressed.
A civic official, who was involved in the workshops the last time they were held, said, "In my view, 1998 was the last time these workshops were conducted and the fact files had been distributed. It had greatly benefitted corporators since they were more aware about the various projects in their area as well as the problems that their areas faced. We'd noticed that after the workshops the participation of corporators had increased. They would keep a strict check on our work, and even suggest some additional works that should be undertaken to prevent floods."
Although the dates aren't decided yet, Shewale said they would be held before the monsoons.