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
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.