Nullah clean­ing not yet com­plete

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

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.”

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