BMC leaves muck on roads after desilting, say Mumbaiites
While the Mumbai civic body claimed to have completed 48.26% of the desilting work before monsoon, activists say silt removed has been left piled up on roads.Updated: May 17, 2017 18:23 IST
While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claimed to have completed 48.26% of the desilting works before the monsoon, activists and corporators have complained that the silt removed from the drains have been left piled up along roads across the city.
“If the BMC had to leave the silt piled up along roads then desilting was a futile activity as the silt is going to flow back into the nullahs with the rainwater,” said James John an activist. He added that he found accumulated silt in areas like JB Nagar, Chimatpada in Andheri, at Marol Church road and parts of Vile Parle and Juhu.
The BMC plans to complete 60% of the desilting work by the end of the month to prevent water logging during monsoon.
Nikhil Desai, a citizen activist said, “When I questioned BMC officials about not transporting the silt away from the sites, they said that they had no contractors for the job.”
LS Vhatkar, chief engineer of the storm water drains department in BMC said, “The silt is transported two to three days after a nullah is desilted. Our work is underway and many NGOs are helping us to complete the work.”
First Published: May 10, 2017 10:24 IST