With a few days to go before the arrival of monsoon in the city, the opposition has disputed the civic body’s claim that most of the city nullahs have been cleaned.
During a visit to the nullahs between Andheri and Kandivali, Congress Mumbai president Sanjay Nirupam found most of them to be “filthy”.
“The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had planned to remove around 3,90,000 cubic metres of silt in May. To achieve this, they needed to remove 1600 truckloads of silt every day. They never did that,” alleged Sanjay Nirupam.
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The BMC had earlier issued a report detailing the progress made in desilting the nullahs and the Mithi river. The report claimed that around 90 per cent of the nullahs and the Mithi river desiltation target had been achieved by the end of May.
Congress leader and leader of opposition in BMC Devendra Amberkar, who accompanied Nirupam, had earlier suggested that the workers should be paid more money to get the work done early. “They plan to dump the entire silt outside Mumbai. Now, we pay Rs 170 to a worker for clearing a cubic metre of silt. Any other worker would demand Rs 400. How will the work be completed in time?” he said.
According to a BMC report, the civic body had set a target of removing 60 per cent of the total silt from the nullahs and the Mithi river.
However, Congress corporator Asif Zakaria said, “I wonder how they gauge the quantum of silt. I personally feel it is only the floating material that is removed. It is not desilted the way it should be. Only the rains now will decide how monsoon-ready the city is.”