Flood-free monsoon on the cards for Mumbai? BMC says most nullahs desilted

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 22, 2015 17:18 IST

With eight days to make Mumbai monsoon-ready, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said most of the desilting work of major and minor nullahs and the Mithi river has been completed, while the remaining work is on track.

Desilting nullahs before the monsoon helps prevent flooding and water-logging, as it allows rain water to drain effectively.

BMC officials, including civic commissioner A joy Mehta, visited the nullahs in t he easter n suburbs on Thursday to check the status of the desilting work and released a report.

All desilting work will be completed by the May 31 deadline, civic officials said.

Mehta also checked t he status of road work i n the eastern suburbs and directed officials to evacuate people who live near the retaining walls of the nullahs.

The commissioner asked officials to send notices informing the residents of illegal huts of the dangers of living near the retaining walls.

T he notices must make clear that residents will be held responsible in case of a disaster, Mehta said.

The civic chief also asked officials to pick up silt dumped near the nullahs.

By the end of May, the BMC, tasked with desilting major and minor nullahs, is expected to remove 3.59 lakh cubic meters of silt — 60% of the total.

Of the remaining silt, the BMC will remove 10% during the monsoon and the other 30% after the rains end.

Most years, the civic body fails to complete desilting work within the deadline, and carries on with the work during the monsoon season, causing inconvenience to the citizens.

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