Mumbai drains to be de-silted this month, BMC assures

Civic body responds to BJP MLA Shelar’s criticism, appeals citizens not to clog drains with garbage


Geetanjali Minhas | May 13, 2023 | Mumbai

#BJP   #Ashish Shelar   #Urban Governance   #Monsoon   #Mumbai   #BMC  
(A file photo of the 2021 floods in Maharashtra)
(A file photo of the 2021 floods in Maharashtra)

As Mumbai prepares for monsoon, work is on to remove 9,79,882 metric tonnes of silt, and 7,68,362 metric tonnes (78.41%) of it has already been removed, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said in a statement. This update comes in response to BJP MLA Ashish Shelar’s remarks expressing dissatisfaction over pre-monsoon desilting of drains.

The civic body has assured that additional machinery and manpower has been deployed wherever required and works are being carried out in two shifts. “BMC is confident of achieving the set target before 31st May 2023,” the statement said.

Shelar, who is also the president of the city unit of BJP, had said that merely  25%-30% work had been done. Accompanied by MLAs, corporators and officials of BMC, he went on an inspection round of drain cleaning work in western suburbs to check ongoing work. He said that contractors appointed for the works amounting to over Rs 280 crore are close to Thackeray and Mumbaikars have no trust in them.    

Underlining transparent methods adopted at its end, the civic body said, “Pre-monsoon desilting works of the drains in the BMC area are going on properly and all its statistics, information, photographs and videos are available for the public on BMC website link- The municipal administration has not engaged in any contractor favouritism. The tender process for these works has also been conducted in a transparent manner.”

It added that, “CCTV cameras monitor the sites where the silt is being dumped and the progress of the desilting too. BMC assures citizens that the tender process for desilting works has been conducted in a transparent manner and in line with the rules. Proper reports regarding the desilting works are being diligently maintained.”

The BMC has urged citizens not to throw waste in drains adding that floating waste does not indicate a lack of silt removal but poses unnecessary challenges.

The civic authority has said that while some drains have already been desilted, work is currently underway at certain locations and desilting in the remaining drains will commence shortly. Therefore, the presence of silt in a particular drain does not imply that the work has not been carried out there.



Other News

Diamonds are Forever: A Saturday story

Saturday Stories By Rashmi Bansal HarperCollins, 176 pages, Rs 250 From the bestselling author of ‘Stay Hu

Oracle Adds AI Capabilities to Oracle Analytics Cloud

Oracle has showcased new AI-powered capabilities within Oracle Analytics Cloud. Leveraging the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Generative AI service, the new capabilities assist analytics self-service users to more quickly and efficiently conduct sophisticated analysis and make better business decisions

Domestic airlines show 38.27% growth in passenger numbers

The domestic aviation industry has witnessed a remarkable surge in passenger traffic during the first eight months of 2023. According to the latest data analysis, the number of passengers carried by domestic airlines from January to August 2023 reached an impressive 1190.62 lakhs, marking a substantial inc

MPs bid adieu to historic parliament building, step into new building

A function was organised in the Central Hall of Parliament on Tuesday to commemorate the rich legacy of the Parliament of India as the Members came together to bid adieu to the historical building before stepping into the New Building of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha sp

Real action, not words alone, needed to achieve UN agenda 2030: civil society

As politicians and policymakers make speeches at the United Nations during a high-level summit next week to assess the lack of progress on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), people’s leaders representing some of the world’s most marginalised communities have come toge

Fourth GPFI G20 meeting pledges to work for universal financial inclusion

The fourth G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) meeting held in Mumbai during September 14-16 concluded with members agreeing to work towards the vision of universal financial inclusion under the new G20 Financial Inclusion Action Plan. Over the course of three days, discuss

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Current Issue


Facebook Twitter Google Plus Linkedin Subscribe Newsletter