NMMC be­gins pre­par­ing for rain in earnest

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: Ef­forts are on to make the city rain-ready. The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has be­gun its pre-mon­soon work and has given all de­part­ments a deadline of May 31 to com­plete it.

“We have is­sued in­struc­tions to all the de­part­ments to clean nul­lahs, prune trees, re­store dug-up roads and re­pair pot­holes. All the gut­ters which have been de-silted will be marked yel­low,” said Ankush Cha­van, city ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of NMMC. The depart­ment heads will start re­view­ing all the civic works.

City fire of­fi­cer Prab­hakar Gade, who re­cently took the charge of the Vashi fire sta­tion, said, “We have re­ceived eight new res­cue boats. We have al­lot­ted two boats for each fire sta­tion un­der NMMC. We will also get new two wa­ter ten­ders of 12,000 litres ca­pac­ity each. We re­cently re­ceived a new fire ten­der,” he said.

The gar­den depart­ment claims to have com­pleted 25% of tree-prun­ing work. “Like every year, we have be­gun the spe­cial pre-mon­soon drive to trim weak branches,” said Chan­drakant Tayde, head of the gar­den depart­ment.

The solid waste man­age­ment depart­ment has started check­ing drains and re­plac­ing bro­ken gut­ter lids.

“We be­gan with the clean­ing of drains to en­sure wa­ter flow eas­ily and wa­ter flood­ing does not hap­pen. We will com­plete our work by May 25,” said Tushar Pawar, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner of solid waste man­age­ment of NMMC.

The cor­po­ra­tion is us­ing re­cy­cler and jet­ting ma­chines to clean the sewage lines in the city.

“Around 20-25 re­cy­cler ma­chines have been pur­chased to clean sewage lines. We have re­paired the flap gates of hold­ing ponds to en­sure that there is no flood­ing,” said an of­fi­cial from the en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment.

The cor­po­ra­tion will soon an­nounce the helpline num­ber for its dis­as­ter cell which will be func­tional 24x7 dur­ing mon­soon. Of­fi­cials said the civic body will set up an emer­gency relief fund and 10 dis­as­ter man­age­ment teams.

We have re­ceived eight new res­cue boats. We have al­lot­ted two boats for each fire sta­tion un­der NMMC. We will also get new two wa­ter ten­ders of 12,000 litres ca­pac­ity each. We re­cently re­ceived a new fire ten­der. PRAB­HAKAR GADE, city fire of­fi­cer

A pond at Sec­tor 8 in Vashi is be­ing de-silted.

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