A Mayor in a hurry: Datke reviews steps to tackle monsoon vagaries even as summer just set in

Mayor DatkeNagpur: The Mayor Pravin Datke seems to be in a hurry. Or it may be a show off of efficiency or election blues the NMC will undergo next year! The Mayor convened a high-level meeting on Wednesday to review different measures the NMC will put in place for tackling the vagaries of monsoon. Keeping in mind the rain fury inflicts wounds of different nature, the Mayor Datke reviewed the readiness of Nagpur Municipal Corporation.

The meeting was attended among others by Ruling Party Leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Chairman of Health Committee Devendra Mehar, Estate Committee Chairman Sunil Agrawal, former Chairman of Standing Committee Narendra Borkar, Additional Commissioner Nayana Gunde, Chief Engineer Ulhas Debadwar, Health Deputy Director Dr Milind Ganvir, Medical Officer (Sanitation) Dr Pradeep Dasarwar, Dr Sunil Kamble, all Assistant Commissioners of 10 zones and other officials.

The Mayor sought information regarding nallahs in all the zones of NMC. Cleanliness of some nallahs is going on while in other the work will be taken up shortly. The Health Deputy Director Dr Ganvir said that a total of 236 nallahs existed in Nagpur. The zone-wise nallahs are being cleaned with the help of manpower as well as deploying pokland, JCB machines. The Mayor directed the Health Department to inspect the nallahs and other water sources regularly and ensure they are cleaned up to avoid health hazards to citizens.

The hazardous situations are in various shapes and varying magnitudes like waterlogging in many areas, flood-like situation in Nagpur’s rivers that deluge nearby areas and other rain related difficulties.
The Mayor directed the concerned authorities to initiate steps during monsoon to remove huts and other encroachments at the banks of different nallahs as these structures are the victims of overflowing water. The authorities are also to ensure that these encroachments do not crop up again at the sites.
Datke also directed to take measures aimed at making the city free from open defecation. The officials were asked to give momentum to construction of toilets at slums and at other places under Swaccha Bharat Campaign.

Other different measures were also reviewed to deal with the vagaries the monsoon posed.