The big question for the BMC now is where to dump all the silt it is dredging up from nullahs across the city as part of pre-monsoon cleaning.
As of now, it has no place to dump the silt.
This will either see desilting work delayed, or the silt - dredged and temporarily stored on the nullah’s edge — finding its way back into the same nullah, setting the stage for a fresh round of flooding in the monsoon to come.
The BMC is cleaning the city’s nullahs to increase their rainwater holding capacity and consequently reduce water logging in the city.
Civic officials said 70 per cent of work is complete as of Friday. They expect the rest of it to be completed by May 30.
The space shortage is for this remaining 30 per cent of silt.
Currently, dredged silt is dumped on an eight-acre plot near Aksa beach.
“The temporary plot at Aksa is full. We are in touch with the suburban deputy collector to get an extension on this plot so we can continue with our silting operations,” said Chandrakant Watve, chief engineer with the civic Storm Water Drain department.
“The collector's office has said they will tell us on Saturday evening about a possible alternative dumping site,” he added. In the civic Standing Committee meeting on Friday, Bharatiya Janata Party corporator Yogesh Sagar said: "Where does the BMC plan to dump the remaining 30 per cent of silt?”
Shiv Sena corporator Ravindra Waikar said the space crunch will delay desilting work, increasing the flood risk for the city.
The BMC has budgeted Rs 42 crore for pre-monsoon drain cleaning.