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Debris from slum demolition works still not cleared

mumbai Updated: Apr 30, 2012 01:28 IST
Poorvi Kulkarni

While the rest of the city eagerly awaits the rain, residents of Ramabai Nagar and Nardas Nagar in Bhandup and residents living on the Balamiya Lane in Mahim are dreading it.

The rubble that has been left uncleared by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) after the nearby row of slums were demolished have become a cause for worry as residents fear they may become health hazards during the monsoon.

"Being a hilly area, the filthy water from the rubble would flow right into the by-lanes where our house is," said Sujata Shintre, 35, Nardas Nagar resident.

Last year the BMC demolished slums lined along the Tansa pipeline in Ramabai Nagar and Nardas Nagar in Bhandup following a high court order that called for clearing of slums lined along water pipelines owing to water thefts.

Local corporator Anisha Mazgaonkar, who has been raising the issue in the civic general body meetings regularly, said: "The ward officials claim there is lack of manpower and crane-like machines to lift the wreckage. But several months have passed and no plan has been devised to clear the ruins."

Residents of Balamiya lane, Mahim, have the same story to tell. The slums built on the pavement were demolished under the Mahatma Gandhi Pathkari Yojana executed in November last year to clear the city's footpaths. However, the footpath on the lane has turned into a garbage dump.

"As the remains from the demolished slums were left uncleared, people gradually started throwing garbage there, adding to the debris pile. With mosquitoes and rodents dwelling in the heaps, the danger of epidemics looms large," said Nadeem Ghouri, 36, a local.

Assistant municipal commissioner of G North ward, Devendra Jain, said: "I have called for immediate action on clearing the garbage. But we cannot do away with the ruins, otherwise slums would spring up on the space again in no time."