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NCP corporator sits on hunger strike for cleaning Mithi river

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A woman corporator of the (BMC) today sat on an indefinite fast outside the office of in the corporation building demanding speedy cleaning of the ahead of monsoon.

The clogging of the 15-km river was considered as one of the major factors responsible for the 2005 deluge.

Protesting NCP corporator Dr Saeed Khan, who represents flood-prone Kurla suburb, also demanded the work to construct a retaining wall along the river be expedited.

She alleged the civic body, headed by the Shiv Sena, has failed to construct the retaining wall in the last 12 years.

"Even after the court ordered the to construct retaining wall in 2005, the work has not yet been completed. Piling work is going on to build the wall. The incomplete work of piling is so shoddy that it has created more mess around the area near the river. If not cleaned, the mess could lead to havoc during the monsoon," Khan said.

The river, which originates at the Vihar lake, traverses areas like Powai, Saki Naka, Kurla, Kalina, Vakola and BKC, before flowing into in the city.

Its width varies between 25 metres and 75 metres during the entire course.

Khan said she sat on strike today as civic officials did not act upon her complaints against the slow pace of construction of the retaining wall.

A said the is coordinating with the Development and Protection Authority (MRDPA) and to clean the river.

"Our work is monitored by the high court. Everything will be fine before the arrival of monsoon," he said.

An NGO had said that the river stretch along area is plagued by water hyacinth, which indicates the excessive presence of sewage and garbage.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 17:10 IST