Blaming clogged drains for the extensive water-logging in the city on Friday, the opposition in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation reiterated its demand for an Anti-Corruption Bureau probe into the civic body’s bi-yearly nullah desilting contract. The issue came up at BMC’s monthly general body meeting on Monday. The Congress and Samajwadi Party corporators also raised the issue of delay in implementation of Brihanmumbai Storm Water Drains project.
“While installing the pumping station at Lovegrove a few days ago, the Shiv Sena chief had assured that the city won’t flood during this monsoon. But a mere 150 mm rainfall caused water-logging in the area around the pumping station,” said Devendra Amberkar, the leader of opposition in the BMC. “The civic body’s BRIMSTOWAD project has fallen prey to mismanagement. The administration has so far implemented only 26 out of total 58 works planned under the project,” he added.
Sena leader and Standing Committee chairman Yashodhar Phanse tried to counter the allegations by insisting that civic officials didn’t leave any stone unturned to fight the deluge on Friday. “All the civic officials, including the commissioner, were out on the field, doing their best for Mumbaikars,” he said. BJP group leader Manoj Kotak said that delay in BRIMSTOWAD was a result of Environment Ministry’s failure to give clearances on time.