There was frenetic activity around nullahs in the city on Monday after news that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was on his way to inspect the desilting work. Residents said they were surprised because otherwise machines to desilt the nullahs have been lying idle for the last 10 days.
“On Sunday, they started cleaning the river. The machines, every year, are operated only twice or thrice before monsoon,” said Gulam Mohammed, resident of Taximen’s Colony situated near Mithi river at Bandra-Kurla Complex. Thackeray visited seven spots starting from Mithi river in BKC to Somaiyya Nullah in Ghatkopar and Boundary Nullah in Mulund. On Tuesday, he will be inspecting major nullahs on the western suburbs.
An irked resident from Kranti Nagar in Kurla, said, “Every year, politicians come with a posse of cars to inspect monsoon preparations, but during the floods they play the blame game. Such inspections are just a means to gain publicity. Nobody bothers on other days.”
Thackeray, in his inspection tour, skipped a few spots and spent not more than five minutes inspecting each nullah.