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FPJ Impact: BMC finally begins cleaning of nullah near dargah in Chembur

11:55 PM Jun 16, 2021 | Faisal Tandel

Mumbai, June 16: After The Free Press Journal reported about waterlogging and stink near a Dargah in Chembur last week, the BMC and solid waste management team got into action and have undertaken repairing the loopholes and cleaning of nullah.

However, the trustee of Ghaswale Baba Dargah, who had been complaining about the shoddy work of the nullah contractor, claims that the authorities were either sleeping or experimenting to fill the loopholes.

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After the heavy rains, the trustee had dashed out a letter to the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the BMC chief Iqbal Chahal complaining how the newly constructed boundary walls failed to stop the rain water from entering their premises.

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After complaining to Prithviraj Chavan, M-west ward officer, he immediately sent his team to visit the site and bring up a solution. The officials who visited further informed the solid waste management department officials who were carrying out the nullah work.

"The BMC officials who visited the spot found a complete 10 to 15 feet wide boundary wall missing or not built in the corner. Giving the dirty water to enter the compound and make the entire area stink. The work of the wall was started immediately after complaint and order," said Jamal Hussain Khan, President of the dargah trust.

Khan added the complaints had also started the nullah cleaning job. "The nullah cleaning work too got started. But, the cleaning job is just to show. As we completely notice, the waste of Mumbai that came near this nullah was with the flow of water. It has reduced the job of the authorities who are just misusing the taxpayers money," added Khan.

Sunil Salve, spokesperson and active member of the dargah said, "We are thankful to the authorities as they took up the complaints. We request them to repair the slippery road and install street lights for better accessibility of devotees. Mostly, women and kids who come for blessings have to walk almost a kilometer stretch to reach the main road," added Sunil.

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