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‘Stop dumping garbage in nullahs’

As an anxious city prays for rains and keeps its fingers crossed that it doesn’t drown if its prayers are answered, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation chief Swadheen Kshatriya believes there is no cause for concern.

mumbai Updated: Jun 05, 2010 00:53 IST
Kunal Purohit

As an anxious city prays for rains and keeps its fingers crossed that it doesn’t drown if its prayers are answered, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief Swadheen Kshatriya believes there is no cause for concern.

What is the status on the desilting of nullahs?
I have reviewed the work and feel 95 per cent of it is done. The rest will be completed by June 5.

Which agencies will contribute to preventing a disaster?
We’ve requested the newly-formed National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to station its men here. Three NDRF companies will be stationed in Mumbai along with two companies of the State Railway Police Force (SRPF); nine naval teams will be on high alert. We are in constant touch with the weather bureau, the police and the Army.

If people are stranded in heavy rain, how will the BMC respond?
We have instructed each of our 24 wards to list five places that can be used as shelters. Our ward offices will make the arrangements.

How will you communicate with
citizens during heavy rainfall?
All mobile phone network operators will relay messages from our control room. We will also use Ham radio and FM stations to convey our warnings to citizens. In addition, we will fit public announcement systems on the cars of every ward official and use those to convey messages of public safety.

Any appeal to Mumbaiites?
We desilt nullahs, but they get choked again because locals dump garbage in them. We request residents to stop dumping garbage in the nullahs. If the nullahs are blocked, flooding is inevitable.