Pho­tos will be taken be­fore and af­ter clean­ing nul­lahs

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: In a bid to en­sure trans­parency in the sys­tem, the solid waste man­age­ment depart­ment of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) will take pic­tures be­fore and af­ter the nullah clean­ing work.

The of­fi­cials said they would take pho­tos of 10 ma­jor nul­lahs that dis­charge storm wa­ter into the creek area. Af­ter com­ple­tion of the clean-up, they will again take pho­tos.

“The NMMC car­ries out an annual pre-mon­soon clean­ing work to en­sure that small drains and the 10 ma­jor nul­lahs are cleaned and made silt-free be­fore the mon­soon,” said Tushar Pawar, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, solid waste man­age­ment depart­ment, NMMC.

The of­fi­cial said de­spite the ef­forts there have been al­le­ga­tions that the work is not car­ried out and so they have de­cided to take pic­tures of the be­fore and af­ter the clean­ing work.

“The pic­tures will be mostly taken with the help of GPS. We will fo­cus mainly on the ma­jor 10 big nul­lahs in the city. How­ever we are yet to fi­nalise the bid. If all goes as per plan, we will use GPS. If we are un­able to use the GPS sys­tem, we will ask pho­tog­ra­phers to take pho­tos,” said Pawar.

Mean­while, the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (PMC) has also be­gun the nullah-clean­ing work as part of its pre-mon­soon drive. To bring in trans­parency in the work, of­fi­cials from PMC have de­cided to video-shoot the clean­ing of the nul­lahs.

PMC cov­ers around 50 kms area which ma­jorly in­cludes the old Pan­vel area.

Sev­eral parts of Pan­vel are low­ly­ing ar­eas which was the worsthit in the 2005 del­uge. This was be­cause of clogged nullah which led to wa­ter­log­ging.

The PMC con­structed around 14 nul­lahs to drain out the wa­ter.

“We re­ceive com­plaints dur­ing mon­soon that the nullah-clean­ing work has not been done prop­erly by con­trac­tors. Some­times, con­trac­tors clean only a part of the drain.

Hence, we will record the clean­ing work so that there is ev­i­dence against the con­trac­tors and they will also do the work prop­erly, bring­ing in trans­parency,” said Mangesh Chi­tale, chief of­fi­cer of Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil.

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