Af­ter 9 years’ de­lay, work on Nerul nul­lah to be com­pleted by mon­soon

Civic of­fi­cials say 80% of the work is over and res­i­dents will not face wa­ter­log­ging any more

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta ■ sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­

NERUL: Res­i­dents of Nerul’s Sec­tor 19, who face floods and wa­ter­log­ging ev­ery year dur­ing mon­soon, may get respite this year.

If the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) sticks to its prom­ise of com­plet­ing the work of the 1.4-km nul­lah be­fore rain, it will make life easy for those liv­ing near the nul­lah.

Af­ter a de­lay of al­most nine years, the work of the nul­lah that runs from Sec­tor 13 to Sec­tor 19A, par­al­lel to Won­ders Park, is ex­pected to be com­pleted be­fore mon­soon this year.

The work be­gan last year in Fe­bru­ary and was sup­posed to be com­pleted in De­cem­ber. How­ever, the ac­tual work started only af­ter mon­soon, which led to the de­lay.

“We have al­most com­pleted the ma­jor work and have to start the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion part. This will in­clude tree plan­ta­tions, land­scap­ing, build­ing path­ways, light­ing and seat­ing ar­range­ments,” said Sanjay De­sai, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, NMMC.

NMMC of­fi­cials said the pro­ject had got stuck owing to lack of funds re­leased from the JNNURM scheme. “The nul­lah is not a sewage water but storm water drain and hence was not a cause of pol­lu­tion in the area. Since the beau­ti­fica- tion of the long nul­lah re­quired huge funds, we had pro­posed to do it ear­lier un­der the JNNURM scheme. But, that was not sanc­tioned. We had ap­proached the MMRDA for funds and had re­sub­mit­ted our pro­posal, but did not get it re­leased,” said Mo­han Da­gaonkar, NMMC en­gi­neer.

The is­sue of the nul­lah was raised sev­eral times by for­mer cor­po­ra­tor Ravin­dra Ithape dur­ing the stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ings over the years. Tak­ing into ac­count the re­peated com- plaints by res­i­dents and to avoid any fur­ther de­lay, it was de­cided to al­lo­cate the funds from the gen­eral fund from the cor­po­ra­tion bud­get to start the pro­ject. The au­thor­i­ties also stressed that the req­ui­site ap­proval from the tree au­thor­ity had also been taken be­fore be­gin­ning the work.

“The ear­lier con­di­tion of the nul­lah was pa­thetic. It was filled with shrubs, filth and the bad odour up­sets res­i­dents and passers-by. Even those vis­it­ing the Won­ders Park com­plained sev- eral times about this. But now, the is­sue seems to be re­solved,” said Gay­athri Iyer, 29, res­i­dent of Sec­tor 27, Nerul.

The beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the nul­lah was first pro­posed in 2007 at an es­ti­mated bud­get of Rs3.47 crore which in­creased Rs6.72 crore in 2010. How­ever, the de­lay for ap­prov­ing the pro­posal for clean­ing the nul­lah had fi­nally es­ca­lated the cost to Rs10.67 crore last year.

The nul­lah is sur­rounded by 29 hous­ing so­ci­eties. It had be­come a health hazard for hun­dreds of res­i­dents of the node. Af­ter the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion, the res­i­dents will be re­lieved of the foul stench and the mos­quito men­ace.

Civic of­fi­cials said around 80% of the work is com­pleted and res­i­dents would not have to face the has­sles caused by it ev­ery year dur­ing the rains. Soil­ing, pitch­ing and con­creti­sa­tion of the bed of the nul­lah have been done to en­sure that there is no stag­na­tion of water hence­forth.


Work­ers re­pair the 1.4-km nul­lah at Sec­tor 19 in Nerul.

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