Be it heavy a downpour or a slight drizzle, it is sure that the New MHADA Colony at Pratiksha Nagar will surely get submerged this monsoon, fear the locals, as neither the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, nor the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) body has cleaned the nullahs in the locality.
Situated in a low-lying area, the colony sees annual flooding every monsoon. What has made the matters worse, is the miscommunication between the bodies, as to which is responsible for cleaning of the nullahs.
The debris from the various construction works in the area is choking the already blocked nullahs, causing them to overflow.
When questioned, BMC officials said that, one of the major nullahs, the Bus Route nullah comes under the civic body’s jurisdiction, while rest are under MHADA’s jurisdiction and they collect Rs.350 as maintenance charge from the locals. But the residents complained that it has been months since MHADA has cleaned the nullahs, leading to a polluted situation and most of the locals are falling prey to Malaria and Hepatitis.
Deepak Gurav, one of them victims, who is suffering from a skin ailment, and has already undergone surgery once, said, “The government is busy caring for the rich. No one has time for us. My employer sacked me because of my skin ailment. Now, how will I feed my children?”
A MHADA official, on condition of anonymity, admitted that the entire nullah network, (except Bus Route) comes under the jurisdiction of MHADA Repair Board and they collect monthly maintenance charges from the local residents.