Mark missed again: A month before rains, only 19% of desilting is done

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 03, 2015 00:58 IST

One month to go for the rains and only 19% of desilting work on nullahs across the city is complete. Going by the simple mathematical calculation, it seems unlikely that the civic body will be able to meet the deadline before the start of the monsoon to give you respite from waterlogging.

Desilting of nullahs ensures effective draining of stormwater, thus preventing flooding. Every year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) fails to complete the work in time and continues with it through the rains.

While the incomplete work leads to waterlogging, the desilting carried out shoddily to meet the deadline, too, doesn’t help the city much. All of these collectively ensure innumerous hassles for citizens during the monsoon. And the picture this year, too, won’t be any different.

While till April 29 this year, the BMC has completed 19.23% of the work, the number was a tad higher — 30% — last year. By the end of May, the civic body, which has major and minor nullahs measuring around 328km, will have to clear 3.59 lakh cubic meters of silt, which is 60% of the total work. Around 10% of the silt is removed during the monsoon, and the rest after the season.

Not just desilting of nullahs, the work on Mithi river, too, is disappointing. The BMC has removed only 18% of the silt from the river, again lower than last year’s 33%.

Taking note of the problems ahead of the monsoon, civic chief Ajoy Mehta has pulled officials for the “lethargic attitude”. According to sources, Mehta, in his first pre-monsoon meeting, told officials to ensure there is no waterlogging as far as possible, and said that ward officials will be held responsible for the non-completion of pre-monsoon work or flooding in their area.

Mehta also plans to hold review meetings to ensure better coordination among different departments on the first Saturday of every month.

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