Mumbai : Mayor Snehal Ambekar, along with standing committee chairman Yashodhar Phanse, reviewed the desilting work of six nullahs across Mumbai on Wednesday, in a bid to prepare for the monsoon season.
During the visits, Ambekar examined the work in progress at part of Dahisar River, Poisar River and Oshiwara Nullah on Link Road, Piramal Nullah in Goregaon, and Mogra and Irla Nullah at Andheri. She has assured Mumbaikars that up to 70% of desilting work at all nullahs has been done and it will be completed before the monsoon sets in next month.
Phanse said, “We have taken this work up in phases. We will complete up to 60-70% of the work before the monsoon season, 20% of the work will be done during the monsoons and 20% of the work will be done after the monsoon gets over. This way we are accounting for dirt and silt that will collect in the water during the monsoon as well.”
Meanwhile, BJP’s city president and MLA Ashish Shelar also visited the Mithi River and other nullahs around the city which are sites of the desilting work. He observed that the work in progress is not satisfactory and up to the mark. He added that the discrepancies seem to be occurring from the side of contractors, who are not able to finish the work in time.
Shelar also expressed doubts and concern over completion of work before the monsoon sets in.
Shelar belongs to BJP and Ambekar to Shiv Sena, the two parties ruling the BMC in coalition. Leaders from these parties seem to have polar opposite views about the progress of development in the city. Yet, on being asked if there are any underlying political motifs in these two leaders separately inspecting visits and giving contradictory opinions about the same, both Ambekar and Shelar denied it.
Ambekar said “I urge you to look at it positively, that you have an alert government and twice the numbers of nullahs are being inspected during these two visits. The motive is the city’s development.”
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