CST, Mumbai -
A whopping amount of Rs 103 crore will be spent on the cleaning of nullahs across the city this year. Though work orders are being issued, no cleaning work has been started even after municipal commissioner ordered it nearly a fortnight ago. Now, all eyes are towards the decision to be taken by the standing committee.
The standing committee seems to be divided into two groups on the proposal of the cleaning of the Mithi river in Kurla area. Though this proposal has been cancelled, the standing committee has received proposals for cleaning of big nullahs in F-North ward in Western suburbs.
The ruling party in the BMC has been stressing that administration should inspect the place where silt will be deposited after cleaning the nullahs. As no such inspection was carried out in the last week, it will be interesting to see what stand ruling party takes in this regard.
As per sources in the concerned department, 80% work orders have been issued for cleaning of nullahs. Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta had assured to start nullah cleaning work from April 1 but even after the 18th day of April has passed, no actual work has begun.
When contacted, opposition leader Ravi Raja raised a question mark over the seriousness of administration towards cleaning of nullahs.
Meanwhile, the BMC administration has issued Rs 4.15 crore to the Railways to clean nullahs in its jurisdiction in the city. Last year, the BMC had given an amount of Rs 3.25 crore for the same work.
Expenditure on nullah cleaning:
Big nullahs – Rs 51.39 crore
Mithi river – Rs 18.03 crore
Small nullahs – Rs 20.40 crore
Streams, roadside nullahs – Rs 13.28 crore