The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has embarked on its annual desilting of drains across the city.
On Saturday,deputy mayor Mohan Mithbawkar,along with Antop Hill corporator Tamil Selvan,visited three locations where the work is being carried out Nehru Centre in Worli,Haji Ali stormwater pumping station,Dadar-Dharavi stretch and Rajiv Gandhi Nagar.
The stormwater drainage network,including 38 major nullahs measuring about 319 km,is maintained by the Stormwater Drainage department of the BMC.
The minor 119 nullahs across the city,measuring about 160 km,and the roadside nullahs about 2,000 km are maintained by ward offices. The nullah-cleaning work had begun towards the end of April last year. The work,which began on April 2,is expected to be completed by the first week of June.
Unlike last year,this time the nullah cleaning drive has begun early so that a proper assessment of the work can be done, says chief engineer (SWD) L S Wattkar.
The Haji Ali pumping station,which started functioning in the 2010 monsoon,has helped in curbing flooding in Worli,Dadar and Parel.
The civic body will complete 70 per cent of nullah cleaning before monsoon,20 per cent during monsoon and the remaining 10 per cent after monsoon.
The BMC has set aside Rs 75 crore for the work,as part of the Rs 152-crore two-year contract given last year.