Opposition corporators said in the civic Standing Committee meeting that the work of desilting drains before the monsoons was unsatisfactory and that the figures given by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration were an eyewash.
The Standing Committee is a statutory body that meets once a week to rule on financial and policy matters.
Following the debate that lasted over an hour, the BMC directed its ward-level officials to check and ensure that the desilting work is completed.
“We spend crores of rupees on nullah cleaning work yet it is not done properly,” said Sameer Desai, Congress corporator and standing committee member.
The BMC is ruled by the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party combine.
The BMC on Friday said that it has completed 98% of desilting work in the island city, 99% in the western suburbs and 98% in the eastern suburbs.
According to Rajhans Singh, leader of the Opposition, nullah cleaning in Malad’s Kurar village, in Goregaon and in Kurla has not been completed due to which there is water logging and traffic congestion in the area.
“Just a few showers in the past few days have led to water logging and traffic problems across the city. The first few spells of rain have shown what a shoddy job the BMC has done,” said Singh.
Bharatiya Janata Party corporator Ashish Shelar said that if the civic body claims that work has been done, they should submit a white paper to the Standing Committee.
“In a week’s time, they should also explain the reason for the traffic jams and water logging if the work has been done,” said Shelar.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said they would submit a report to the Standing Committee in a week’s time.
“We have asked the ward officers to inspect nullahs where work is pending and ensure that the work is completed and water logging does not occur,” said Mhaiskar.