Mumbai suburban Guardian Minister Naseem Khan has asked for a vigilance committee of the BMC and MMRDA to be formed to ensure complete cleanup of the Mithi river,which he inspected on Thursday along with officials. He has asked for the cleanup to be completed by month-end.
Clogging of the Mithi river with garbage and plastic bags was blamed for the flooding in Mumbai after the July 2005 deluge. In a special package,the Central government had ensured funds for the widening of the river.
Khan visited the river stretch from its narrow Kurla end to the Bandra link where it meets the sea to check on the cleanup of the river prior to monsoon. An 11-km stretch of the river is handled by the BMC and the remaining eight km by the MMRDA. It passes through railway and airport land.
I have asked them to form a joint vigilance committee to daily monitor the clean-up of the river. I have asked them to complete the work before May 31. I was partially satisfied with the work though much more needs to be done, said Naseem Khan.
Khan expressed regret that even 50 per cent work of the Mithi River Development has not been completed despite 2012 being the deadline for the project. He asked officials to take action against contractors who delay the work on Mithi river.