Nul­lah re­pair work to be com­pleted by mon­soon: NMMC

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NERUL: The nul­lah re­pair work be­tween Sec­tor 13 and 19 of Nerul will be com­pleted be­fore mon­soon, said Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) of­fi­cials.

The civic body has taken up the re­pair work of the nul­lah amid al­le­ga­tions that the com­ple­tion dead­line has been missed by the NMMC.

City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion ( Cidco) had to con­struct sev­eral em­bank­ments as it had de­vel­oped Navi Mum­bai at a level that is be­low the level of high tides. The em­bank­ments en­sure that dur­ing mon­soon, wa­ter from the creek does not en­ter the city and the rain wa­ter flows into the creek.

For wa­ter to drain from the city, a num­ber of rain­wa­ter drains and nul­lahs have been con­structed in the city. These nul­lahs were con­structed by Cidco around 25 years ago, with some nul­lahs be­ing con­structed us­ing the stone pinch­ing tech­nique. Wild plants and shrubs grow­ing on these nul­lahs act as ob­sta­cles for the flow of wa­ter and hence, wa­ter is not drained prop­erly. This leads to flood-like situation in some ar­eas.

“Our aim is to en­sure proper flow of rain­wa­ter and avoid flood-like sit­u­a­tions in fu­ture. We are tak­ing steps to re­pair the slope in the nul­lah and re­move the wild growth in it,” said city en­gi­neer Mo­han Da­gaonkar.

He said, “In­stead of clos­ing the nul­lah, we have kept it open. On both walls re­in­forced ce­ment con­crete-sol­ing and con­creti­sa­tion has been done. We have taken per­mis­sion from the re­spec­tive au­thor­i­ties to re­move the wild growth in it.”

“On both sides of the nul­lah, trees are be­ing planted and the area is be­ing beau­ti­fied. Seat­ing ar­range­ments are also be­ing made at some lo­ca­tions for the res­i­dents,” said Da­gaonkar.

The city en­gi­neer said ow­ing to this re­pair, the wa­ter flow has be­come reg­u­lar and there is no foul smell in the area. Mos­quito breed­ing has also re­duced.

Da­gaonkar de­nied al­le­ga­tions of poor qual­ity of work at the nul­lah. “We haven’t com­pro­mised on qual­ity. Our works are in­spected by a third party.

“Dur­ing the re­pair work, we had to stop the work at some places be­cause of the exams. This led to the slow pace of work,” he said.

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