Mumbai: Ajoy Mehta accepts that can’t walk on city footpaths

While speaking at a media interaction organised by the Press Club of India in Mumbai, BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta spoke on many issues. City faces many problems in its day to day life, footpaths and water play important role in it. While addressing the press, Ajoy Mehta shed some light on the water management, footpath menace and high-rise illegal slums.

The footpaths menace…

The footpaths in Mumbai are worst of its kind accepts Ajoy Mehta. “I cant send my parents on footpath”, expressed Mehta. Hawkers that sit and block footpaths will face serious action, for which directions to all ward officers has been already given. Go and see the conditions of footpaths, send your parents for walking on those footpaths, then you will understand the worst condition of footpaths, Mehta said this to all the ward officers while giving direction about footpaths.

As a planning authority, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is responsible for maintaining roads and footpaths in the city. Mehta, at a media interaction on Wednesday, said, “I have elderly parents aged 92 and 88 living with me. I cannot take them for a walk in the city. I ask my officials if they can take their parents for a walk. Pedestrian-friendly streets are a priority for us.”

On Water problem for Mumbaikars…

While talking about the growing population and the water supply of Mumbai, he said city gets water from 7 dams. BMC will be the starting construction of two new dams, namely Gargai and Pinjaal. BMC is already working on acquiring the land, and looking for the rehabilitation of people staying on that land and issues related to environment. The survey of Damanganga dam is also going on.

Every day 3,700 million litres of water is distributed in Mumbai. Moreover, sewage treatment plants will be constructed at seven areas Colaba, Worli, Bandra, Mankhurd, Ghatkopar, Malad and Versova, which will save 2000 million litres of sewage water that is generally washed away in the sea. He emphasised that cleanliness and health are directly linked.

Adding on, Mehta said electricity generation plans at Deonar and Mulund dumping sites, has been thought over.

High-rise slums to be declared illegal…

Slums that have a height over 14 feet will be counted as illegal and action will be taken on them. “All the ward officers will be held responsible for any existing slum structures that are unauthorised and illegal. The officers will have to submit a report of the new slums being constructed in their areas and make sure that they do not cross the limit,” said Mehta.

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