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.

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