Monday, May 31, 2010

Is NMMC ready for the rains

Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik inspects ongoing pre-monsoon works

With monsoon round the corner, the city is likely to face water-logging and flooding as the civic authorities have not yet completed the pre-monsoon cleaning and desisting of drainage system.The situation is likely to turn critical once monsoon hits the city. AC-cording to information, the civic authorities have completed around 40% cleaning and desisting work while majority of nullahs and storm water drainages still remain to be cleaned. Alarmed by the situation and probable disaster, MLA Sandeep Naik on Friday toured the city and inspected various places known for flooding and water logging. “So far the pace of the word is satisfactory and the entire nullahs and drainages in the city would be cleaned before monsoon,” he said. However, he pointed out that there was serious lack of coordination among various agencies like NMMC, CIDCO, MIDC and MSEB. “Since the storm water flows into municipal area from MIDC and CIDCO area, the respective authorities must clean the drainages in their areas to prevent water logging in civic area,” MLA Sandeep Naik said.According to sources, though the desisting and cleaning work has begun in various parts of the city, it is too little and too late. “Given the pace of work in some areas like MIDC, there are all possibilities that areas along Thane-Belapur Road would get flooded as the storm water will flow from the hills in MIDC area,” sources said. President of Small Scale Industries Association Kiran Churi expressed that since nothing has been done in MIDC area, there are all possibilities of water logging and heavy damages during monsoon. “The authorities have completely ignored the area and should ensure that all the nullahs and drainages are cleaned before monsoon,” Churi said. When contacted, City Engineer Mohan Dagaonkar was not available for comment.

MLA Sandeep Naik Inspects Pre Monsoon Works Under “MLA At Your Doorstep” Drive

Sandeep Naik has resumed his popular drive “MLA at your doorsteps”. The young MLA toured the city from Digha to Koperkhairane and checked the pre monsoon work in the city. The MLA announced that very soon he will take a joint meeting of NMMC, CIDCO, MTNL, MSEDC and MIDC to ensure better coordination so that citizens can have a hassle free monsoon this year.Every time MLA Sandeep Naik tours the city to prior to monsoon, it’s a fact that civic work speeds up. The same could be seen this time when under his popular drive MLA At Your Doorsteps, Sandeep Naik toured the city from Digha to Koperkhairane to check on the pre monsoon work being done by NMMC. At all the spots, the young MLA met with NMMC officials, corporators, party workers and social workers. Corporators of each ward joined him in their wards with residents and took him around the wards. The young MLA studied the status of ongoing work, the areas that need immediate attention, the government related work that need to be expedited from the office of NMMC, MSEDC, CIDCO, MIDC and other and gave out instructions and orders to the government officials accompanying him during the drive to expedite pre monsoon work. Expectant and hopeful residents and social workers of the different wards who have seen problems meeting solutions after Sandeep Naik’s visits, briefed their MLA about the woes. The drive started early in the morning, the energetic MLA went on foot till late afternoon to ensure that he could reach out to maximum public everywhere possible. At the end of his drive, MLA Sandeep Naik said that 50% of the work has been completed and since monsoons are round the corner, he has asked NMMC to increase manpower and finish the remaining work. He also stated that there is a need to take a joint meeting of different government agencies to ensure citizens have a hassle free monsoon, which he intends to take soon.
With time, MLA Sandeep Naik’s visits under “MLA at Your Doorsteps” has gained attained significance as post these visits, grievances of residents are addressed effectively. He might be the only youth MLA in the state of Maharashtra to go to the doorsteps of citizens to understand their problems and grievances. That’ why this initiative of the young MLA is a winner all the way.