A delegation of BJP corporators headed by former MP Kirid Somaiya visited Mithi River to check the progress of work and study the areas that need immediate attention. A delegation of BJP corporators headed by former BJP MP Kirid Somaiya checked out the progress of work at Mithi River. Mithi River is about 21 km long and includes 4 km-long Vakolla Nulla. Mumbai has been discharging raw sewage, industrial waste and garbage into the river. Also, illegal activities such as washing of oily drums, and the discharge of unauthorized hazardous waste, are also common here. Currently, thousands of slum-dwellers live along the riverbanks. After the Mithi River caused much of the floods on July 26, 2005, the Mithi river project was launched. The project includes widening of the river channel, dredging of the riverbed, removal of encroachments along the riverbanks, checking effluent discharge and construction of public toilets. It will also take up rehabilitation of people displaced by the project. MMRDA and the BMC are currently providing the funds for this phase. After his visit Kirid Somaiya said that the center and state have done nothing and credit should be given to MMRDA and BMC for sanctioning Rs. 1000 Crores tenders for the project. He however alleged that four MLAs of the ruling front close to the airport were pressurizing the MMRDA in the case of the width of the river at the bottleneck to safeguard their vote bank and this has become a big hurdle for the MMRDA. The BJP has demanded that the state government expedite the work as per the plans and also attend to the issue of rehabilitation of people being who have to give up their homes and offices for the widening work. However, only monsoon will testify whether the funds spent in the name of Mithi Project have spent right and not gone down the drain. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.
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