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Only 20% nullah-cleaning work done in Kalyan and Dombivli so far

KDMC officials revise deadline, assure to complete the cleaning process by June 10

mumbai Updated: May 25, 2018 23:47 IST
Priyanka Dhomse
Priyanka Dhomse
Hindustan Times
Muck from nullah being dumped on the road at Sanglewadi in Kalyan (West).
Muck from nullah being dumped on the road at Sanglewadi in Kalyan (West). (Rishikesh Chaudhary/HT)

Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) seems to be least bothered about completing pre-monsoon nullah cleaning in the twin cities on time. It not only started the work four days ago, but also extended the deadline to complete the work from May 31 to June 10

Officials claim they have started cleaning of nullahs at markets and station areas of Kalyan, Dombivli and Titwala. “The work has started four days and will be carried out by 10 contractors. For now, only 20% to 25% work has been completed,” said Baban Baraf, executive engineer, solid waste management, KDMC.

Explaining reason for the delay in starting the work, KDMC officials said tenders were kept hold owing to technical glitches. This year, the civic body set aside ₹3.38 crore for the project.

Kalyan and Dombivli have 94 nullhas — 56 in urban spaces and 38 in rural areas.

“In Kalyan, big nullahs near, Jari-Mari, Adharwadi, Ambika nagar, Kolshewadi and Lokgram have been cleaned. Similarly, big nullah at Ramachandra Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Bhopargao and around Dombivli station have been cleaned. A big nullah near Titwala station has been desilted as well,” said Baraf.

Residents who are angry with the authorities for starting pre-monsoon preparation late, are now miffed that workers are dumping muck cleared from nullahs on the roads. They said this was a health hazard and was creating unwanted traffic jams in their areas.

“For the past four days, mounds of desilted muck have been littering the road at Bhanu Nagar, Kalyan (W), the only road to get out this lane. Moreover, the muck stinks and has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. We request officials to take immediate action,” said Shamshuddin Nipplewala, 50, a resident of Bhanu Nagar.

Official said they cannot transport the desilted waste immediately after its removal from nullah because it is wet and will dirty the roads. “But we clear after it dries,” said Baraf.

“As nullah cleaning work is done by the contractors, we hardly see civic inspecting the sites. Hence, in many areas, one can see muck from nullahs being dumped on the roads. To avoid this, officials must be present when nullahs are being cleaned,” said Ashok Pokharkar, a resident of Khadak Pada, Kalyan.

Citizens also alleged that every year KDMC is behind schedule when it comes starting cleaning nullahs before monsoon. They said desilted waste goes back into the same nullah because the civic body fails to clear before the monsoon.

“Though officials claim they clear the muck once its dries, from past experiences we can confirm that it seldom happens. Contractors hardly take effort to finish the job as a result the waste removed from the sewage lines goes back during monsoon. It will be the same this year as well because the work to clean nullahs has begun late as usual,” said Vaibhav Kulkarni, 35, a resident of Adharwadi, Kalyan.

Box:

- This year, the KDMC begins Nullah cleaning from this week, assures to complete the cleaning work by June 10.

- Estimated fund to spent on Nullah cleaning is total Rs.3.38 crore

- Total number of Nullahs 94

Number of Nullahs in Urban - 56 (54.90-kilometre)

Number of Nullahs in Rural - 38 (40.06-kilometre)

- At present only 20% to 25% of Nullah cleaning has been carried by the KDMC.