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Monsoon preparedness: BMC hopes to finish work on 134 roads in less than two weeks

Remaining 30 per cent work to be undertaken after October 1

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According to the figures released by the roads department in April, work has been going on 376 roads, of which 119 have been completed so far.

WITH the deadline for completion of pre-monsoon work less than two weeks away, the civic body is planning to complete the work that is currently underway on 134 city roads at a rapid pace, while the work on the remaining 30 per cent of the road work to be undertaken will commence after October 1.

Work orders issued by the BMC for the 641 new work will also be postponed till after the monsoon is over.

As the city is gearing up for the upcoming monsoon in less than a month, the civic body’s monsoon preparedness plan which focuses on various fronts, including taking additional measures in hospitals, desilting of storm water drains, trimming of trees among others, was yet to be completed.

According to the figures released by the roads department in April, work has been going on 376 roads, of which 119 have been completed so far.

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“We are aiming to complete work on 134 roads by May 31. Work on the remaining 123 roads will start after October 1. No work will be in progress during the monsoon season,” said a senior civic official.

Work on the 641 roads was ordered, of which 102 were supposed to be completed before the monsoon and the remaining by April next year.

However, all of them will now begin only after the monsoon season.

The official added that work had also been ordered on 123 junctions in the city which will not be completed in time either.

“Around 30 junctions were supposed to be constructed before the monsoon. However, they haven’t been done and they will remain motorable during the rains,” said the official.

The roads department is also planning to launch an mobile application for tracking potholes in the city.

“A free application is being designed for people and it is likely to be separate from the MCGM application. It will be available to people from June 1 onwards,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh.

Flood shelters

The disaster management department has set up flood shelters in the municipal schools in the city.

While 42 will be available in the city zone, the eastern suburbs will have 38 and the western suburbs will have 63.

The garden department has identified around 51,000 trees as dangerous or in need for trimming, of which around 12,000 have been trimmed.

Officials in the department stated that a new contractor has been appointed who has started work on the trees.

De-watering pumps

Owing to the flooding that had taken place in the city last year, the SWD department has increased the number of de-watering pumps in the city this year.

From 263 pumps last year, the civic body has increased the number to 293 water pumps.

“We have kept a few pumps as reserve in every ward as well as in Nair Hospital and KEM. Wards like L ward has additional ones since it is prone to flooding,” said L S Vhatkar, Chief Engineer of the SWD department.

Medical facilities

The civic body has set aside around 2,200 beds in KEM, Nair Hospital, Kasturba, Sion Hospital and 18 peripheral hospitals in the city for monsoon-related exigencies.

Spots prone to flooding have been identified and medical camps have been planned from June 15 onwards.

Medications for swine flu, malaria as well as investigation kits and ORS sachets have been stocked in the pharmacies.

Desilting

Another significant aspect of the monsoon-preparedness plan, the desilting work in major and minor nullahs was delayed this year as a result of the inquiry of the scam.

While 39.5 per cent of the desilting work in major nullahs has been completed, the lowest amount of work has been completed in the city zone in which more than 75 per cent of the work is left.

In the western suburbs, which includes major nullahs in Dahisar river, Poisar river, Walbhat river, Oshiwara river, 50 per cent work has been completed, while around 29 per cent work has been completed in the eastern suburbs.

In the Mithi river however of the 67 per cent of which has been completed, the highest amount of desilting work has been completed in the city zone, while around 45 per cent of the work is pending in both the western and eastern suburbs.

The civic body had given the responsibility of the work of minor nullahs and roadside drains to the assistant municipal commissioners of the 24 wards after none of the contractors was willing to bid for them.

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Officials of the storm water drainage department said around 40 per cent work in minor nullahs has been completed.