Nullah cleaning not yet complete
CBD BELAPUR: Even as monsoon has entered Kerala and there are reports of some areas of state too receiving rainfall, the pre-monsoon work in the city is yet to be completed despite the deadline of May 26.
The nullah cleaning work in Navi Mumbai that is estimated to cost Rs9 crore, is still being undertaken in virtually every node of the city. There is yet no clarity on when the work will be completed as almost 25% of nullah cleaning work remains.
NMMC officials are now claiming that the work will be completed in a couple of days, a task that seems very unlikely. They are also claiming that the city is ready to tackle the onslaught of the monsoon.
Reports suggest that the rainfall is going to be good and Navi Mumbai too is going to get a good amount of rainfall which could start in the next couple of days.
Sources said the small gutters in nodes, slums and villages have been cleaned. The big nullahs which carry the rain water to the creek are still witnessing the cleaning work.
There are a total of 17 nullahs in Nerul, Sanpada, Vashi, APMC, Kopar Khairane, Ghansoli and other areas. Large amount of sludge can be seen dumped along the nullahs even as the machines deployed continue to remove silt from them.
Kesar Singh, a social worker, said: “It is necessary that the nullahs are cleaned at the earliest. The nullahs pass through the industrial area and effluents are often released into them.”
He added, “If the silt is not removed before the monsoon, there could be water stagnation there and it will adversely affect the residents.”
An NMMC official said, “As per the contract, the contractor who has been given the work to clean the nullah will be responsible for any stagnation. He will have to take requisite action during such times.”
He added, “There has been a delay in issuing contracts for cleaning the nullahs due to the code of conduct in place for the legislative council election. We have undertaken the work on a war footing.”