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Floods likely this year too in Mumbai as workers dry up – Times of India

Civic chief Iqbal Singh Chahal inspecting work at Mithi river in Mahim

MUMBAI: A month away from monsoon, which brings the city to its knees almost every year, may see no change this year too.
While new BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal began Monday by inspecting desilting of Mithi river at Bandra-Kurla Complex and Mahim, corporators said barely any work has been done this year too.
The civic body said 29% desilting of Mithi has been completed thugh they had planned to complete 70% before monsoon. Mithi flows through Mumbai city, eastern and western suburbs, and each year 1.3 lakh metric tons of silt is removed.
“Chahal directed that labourers should work in two shifts if required to ensure the desilting is completed on time and there is no flooding,” said a official. Chahal at meetings with ward officers on Saturday and Sunday, had also emphasized that they should ensure pre-monsoon work does not suffer due to Covid-19. However, some corporators said that in their areas contractors struggle to find labourers to clean nullahs or ensure roads are repaired.