While ordering an inquiry into the huge markups in the tender issuing process for the Mithi River cleaning works, minister of state for urban development Bhaskar Jadhav assured the legislative council that works on the Mithi River, including cleaning of the Vakola river, will be completed in May 2012.
Earlier, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Kiran Pawaskar had raised the issue of completion of works on the river. “The Observer Research Foundation has given 21 recommendations to clean the so-called river. Every year, there is a program of de-silting chalked out, but it’s of no use. When are we going to see Mithi in its clean ‘river’ form?” asked Pawaskar.
BJP legislator Vinod Tawde pointed out that several issues like mangroves, encroachments along the river, industrial establishments, land acquisition in the taximen’s colony and delayed tenders were issues that also need to be looked into.
“The BMC tender for training of the river came as late as May 15, which left no time for cleaning. There are similar issues with the MMRDA,” said Tawde, alleging that a Congress legislator of the lower house was trying to save the encroachments from being demolished.