Mumbai: Rs 60cr to be sanctioned for retaining walls at hill slopes | Mumbai News
The decision followed a review meeting held by the Guardianship Minister of Mumbai and DPDC Chairman Aaditya Thackeray. was held
Mumbai: The District Planning and Development Committee (DPDC) will approve around 60 billion rupees for the construction of retaining walls along vulnerable hillside slopes in a suburb of Mumbai. The decision comes after a review meeting held Monday by Mumbai’s Guardianship Minister and DPDC Chairman Aaditya Thackeray.
At the meeting, Thackeray called for sanction funds for mountain slopes that urgently need retaining walls. In accordance with this policy, Milind Borikar, a Mumbai suburban collector, has asked Mhada and BMC officials to make new site visits and make recommendations on locations that require urgent attention by Friday. “We will immediately approve the necessary funds for areas in need of protective walls on the basis of this investigation report,” said Borikar.
“Facilitated a meeting with Collector, Mumbai Suburban District and Assistant Commissioners from BMC who have landslide / vulnerable informal housing in their communities. Review of auxiliary and repair work for the three recent landslides in Chembur, Bhandup, Vikhroli. Accelerate all outstanding debris from landslide barriers to hold no request pending until 2022-2023. Last year and also this year we clarified maximum inquiries. Work on reviewing the vulnerability of the region and developing alternative plans for it, ”Thackeray tweeted on Monday.
A 2010 survey by the Slum Improvement Board of Mhada and the BMC found that nearly 1 lakh families lived on the mountain slopes of Mumbai, of which about 22,483 were in dangerous or vulnerable areas.
TOI reported on Monday that around 4,000 families are at risk of landslides on the slopes of the Mulund Hills between Bhandup and Mulund. The state government has not approved any funds for the construction of a retaining wall along the slopes to protect their homes since 2019. According to BJP MLA Mihir Kotecha, Mhada had an estimate of around 10.5 billion rupees to build a retaining wall along the 2 km² long hillside, but only Rs 1.27 crore was sanctioned and a small section of the wall was built.