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Tussle between agencies delays work on drains

mumbai Updated: May 14, 2010 01:43 IST
Bhavika Jain
Bhavika Jain
Hindustan Times
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Mayor Shraddha Jadhav has seen how too many cooks spoil the broth.

On her pre-monsoon visit to the nullahs in the eastern suburbs on Thursday, Jadhav discovered that at spots where too many agencies were involved in the cleaning and widening of drains, nearly 60 per cent of the work has remained incomplete.

Jadhav visited more than 11 spots. Most of the widening work had been stalled or left incomplete because the drains fell under the jurisdiction of more than one agency.

Work on increasing the height of a bridge over the boundary nullah at Mulund is stuck between the Thane and Mumbai civic bodies. One part of the bridge running over the boundary nullah in Mulund falls under the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) while the part at the Mulund end is under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. “We have to increase the height of the bridge so that water doesn’t enter people’s homes, but the TMC is not responding to our letters,” local Shiv Sena corporator Prabhakar Shinde said.

The work of widening the Bombay Oxygen nullah at Bhandup has been stalled for want of permission from the Ministry of Environment and Forests because the nullah runs through mangroves.

Railway culverts in Kurla have not been de-silted properly. This could lead to flooding on the tracks. “The culverts have not been cleaned even after the BMC provided funds for it. They [railways] don’t do their work properly and then if there is water logging everybody blames the BMC,” Jadhav said.

Jadhav said the BMC could resort to cutting water connections of agencies that do not complete the work. The deadline to complete pre-monsoon work on drains is May 31.

There is also tussle within the BMC with the bridge department that is supposed to increase the height of bridges on the drains and the storm water drain department blaming each other for the delay.

Cleaning the drains is done before every monsoon to increase the water holding capacity of the drains and reduce water logging. The BMC has budgeted Rs 42 crore for the job.

Jadhav also visited the Kurla subway and inspected the half-complete work. She said she will try to get it opened for pedestriians before the monsoon.