Corporators demand uniform policy for nullah cleaning

BMC is planning to use polycarbonate sheets at selected places in the city to cover the nullahs, whereas corporators are demanding a uniform policy for the entire city.

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Demanding uniformity in policy, corporators accused the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration of ‘cherry-picking’ over a proposal before the standing committee which suggested covering nullahs with polycarbonate sheets at selected places in the city.

At the standing committee meeting on Tuesday, corporators asked why could the BMC not come up with the same policy for all of Mumbai whereas Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Rakhi Jadhav raised concerns on BMC cherry-picking some areas for polycarbonate sheets and not implementing this policy across Mumbai.

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The BMC had planned to use plastic sheets to cover nullahs in select areas like Dahisar and Borivali. This move was to facilitate cleaning and prevent encroachment. However, standing committee corporators criticised this selective approach with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Prabhakar Shinde accusing the corporation of working according to the whims and fancies of civic officials.

Congress corporator Ravi Raja asked why the nullahs are not cleaned throughout the year even after various proposals are given to the standing committee for partial cleaning of nullahs before the rainy season. The proposal was withdrawn by the administration after a heated discussion. Idzes Kundan, Additional Municipal Commissioner before withdrawing the proposal said that they will come up with a uniform policy and bring back the proposal for approval.

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