On the last day of the pre-monsoon deadline set by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to make stormwater drains across the city silt-free,officials said around 85 per cent of the work had been completed.
However,a delayed monsoon means the BMC will still have another week to complete the remaining work. Officials said the work is expected to be completed by June 6.
L S Vhatkar,chief engineer,stormwater drainage department,BMC,said 3,45,732 cubic metres of silt had been removed as on May 31 as against the target of 4,40,165 cubic metres. Some problem spots,where it is difficult to take machinery and carry out manual intervention,are remaining as of now, he said. The annual exercise,costing around Rs 75 crore,began on April 2.
BMC officials added that around 75 per cent of desilting work on the Mithi river is complete till now. Work on the MMRDA stretch of the river was started only on May 16. The civic body has given Rs 2 crore to the Railways for carrying out desilting work at its 45 culverts along central line,13 culverts along harbour line and 44 culverts along the western line. Of this,about 45 per cent of the work has been completed so far.
Officials also said 1,500 slums along the MMRDA stretch of the Mithi river are obstructing the proposed widening work of the river and work cannot be undertaken by the BMC till these are rehabilitated by the MMRDA.