The Mithi River Development and Protection Authority (MRDPA) was formed in 2006 to coordinate between the MMRDA and BMC for the restoration of Mithi and to mitigate flooding. However, the committee has not met even once since 2013. The MRPDA is headed by the state’s chief minister.
Last year, the BMC had started repair and resurfacing of over 1,350 roads, including pre-monsoon preventive work. About half this work is yet to finish. Recently, it has dug up roads afresh, which will likely turn into potholes during monsoon.
Officials of the Storm Water Drain (SWD) department said the robots, which have been in use for the past few months, are unable to clear silt, accumulated over the decades, with the speed expected of them.
Four candidates who bagged the second-highest number of votes in the 2017 civic polls in Mumbai were hopeful of becoming corporators after the incumbents were disqualified owing to invalid caste certificates.
Though the exact year of construction of the structure is not known, officials from the BMC’s heritage cell say it is at least 60 years old. The structure is unique for its ashlar masonry, using stones from Kurla and Porbandar.
On May 6, the BMC’s storm water drain (SWD) department had dug up a huge stretch from Dadar TT junction towards Tilak Bridge for laying wider drainage pipelines to reduce waterlogging in Hindu Colony and Parsee Colony, resulting in traffic slowing to a crawl.
After the 2017 deluge, BMC had identified 225 flooding spots. According to BMC records, at 36, the island city has the most number of new flooding spots. In 2014, while there were 40 flooding spots in the city, it increased to 225 in 2017.
This time, with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) out of the race, both Sena and BJP are trying to attract Marathi voters. In 2014, MNS’s Bala Nandgaonkar had secured more than 84,000 votes, mostly Marathi ones.
Sawant (67) began his campaign by offering flowers to Shivaji Maharaj’s statue inside the Shakha. Contesting against two-time former MP and Congress leader Milind Deora, Sawant speaks about his “hard work” to resolve issues faced by the people and raising their questions in Parliament.