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We want city to enjoy monsoon without worrying, says Uddhav

The civic body will ensure that Mumbaiites enjoy a hassle-free monsoon, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray promised on Wednesday.

mumbai Updated: May 10, 2012 01:03 IST
Alok Deshpande

The civic body will ensure that Mumbaiites enjoy a hassle-free monsoon, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray promised on Wednesday.

Thackeray, along with mayor Sunil Prabhu, standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale and leader of the house Yashodhar Phanse, inspected the pre-monsoon cleaning work in the western suburbs. “Citizens have showed their faith in us by bringing us to power. Now, it is our responsibility to see that they don’t face any difficulty during monsoon. We want them to enjoy the rains and not worry about the after-effects of heavy rainfall,” said Thackeray.

Starting from Bandra (East), Thackeray inspected the working of the new robotic multipurpose excavator (RME) used to clean Chamada Wadi nullah. Though he admitted that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) needs a few more RMEs to ease the cleaning process, Thackeray ducked the question on how much of nullah cleaning work has been completed by the civic body. “I do not believe in percentage. There should be no deadline for nullah cleaning work. These works should continue even after monsoon,” he said.

Of the Rs152.70-crore allotted for cleaning and desilting nullahs over two years, the BMC had spent Rs65 crore in 2011.

Last year too, Thackeray along with the then mayor Shraddha Jadhav had undertaken the inspection of nullah cleaning. However, many parts of the city faced waterlogging during monsoon.

“We have started our work very early this year. Our machinery and contractors are working overnight to get these nullahs cleaned. We are hopeful of giving good results,” said Prabhu.