BMC and the railway department has started the pre-monsoon cleaning work in full force and crores of rupees of bills are being passed for the work, but unfortunately there are still some gutters in the city which in even in slight rain can cause flooding in the city. While BMC and the railway department have been claiming for weeks that they have started the pre-monsoon cleaning work in full force, our team went on the streets to know the actual condition of these gutters and drainages. Unfortunately, despite the authorities claim there are still many gutters in the city which even with slight rainfall will cause flooding in the nearby areas and the railway tracks alongside it. Looking at the nallahs situated near Mankurd railway station, anyone can guess how much BMC has paid attention to it. And the case is not just of the open gutters but also the closed ones. Our team’s next stop was Govandi. These gutters are situated near the Govandi railway station. If you think this is shocking then look at these visuals which are of gutters situated near to the railway tracks. The condition is so dire and the gutters so choked up that they do not require monsoon to overflow and seep into the dwellings nearby. And when the situation is like this, it is obvious that the locals will complain. The conditions of the gutters at the stretch from Govandi railway station to the Chhunabhatti railway station on the harbor lines are similar. We spoke with some of the locals of Chembur about this. And now we show you the false claims of BMC Additional Commissioner, Kishore Gajmiye who is seen stating that 83% of the city gutters are cleaned. He had admitted in a press conference that gutters near railway stations were also being cleaned. And if the situation is like this even before monsoons, despite BMC spending crores of rupees, the million dollar question is where is the money going. And it is this unaccountability of BMC that for years commuters and residents have to face the brunt of water-clogging and water accumulation in the city, monsoon or no monsoon. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Rajeev Mishra for NMTV News.
September 18, 2009
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