The BMC administration usually claims of good work regarding the cleaning of nullahs by showing the required statistics. This year as well, the civic administration has claimed that it has completed 78% work of nullah cleaning till third week of May which is faster in comparison to last year’s work. Last year, only 58% work was completed till this period, claimed the BMC.
The civic body is expected to remove 1.77,766 metric tonne silt by the arrival of monsoon in the city. As per BMC claims, it has removed 1,39,485 metric tonne silt till May 20. It means the 78.47% work is completed. Last year, the BMC had succeeded in removing only 59.28% silt up to the third week of May month, informed Prakash Kadam, officiating head of engineering services and projects department of the BMC.
The BMC has removed 9,901 metric tonne (58.19%) silt from big nullahs while the percentage of this work in Western and Eastern Suburbs is 78.73 and 83.65 respectively. The work of removing silt from the Mithi river is progressing rapidly and about 66.10% work is almost completed, added Kadam.
The cleaning of small nullahs and sewage lines is taking up with the help of NGOs. The provision of around 3.71 lakh man hours for small nullahs and around 2.42 lakh man hours for sewage lines has been made this year. Total 12.25 lakh man hours are needed to complete the nullah cleaning work in the city. In case of additional requirement, the help from local NGOs will be taken, said Kadam.