On Sunday, 33 people lost their lives in various landslide instances that happened in Mumbai City due to heavy rainfall that occurred between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
BJP has demanded an ‘SIT probe’ in these unfortunate incidences as they termed them as ‘death traps’. BJP leader and former cabinet minister Ashish Shelar said,” We demand SIT probe should be ordered by Maharashtra CM because these incidences are of negligence and due to which more than 30 innocent people lost their lives.”
Shelar further added that “It’s unfortunate that despite having a big budget still every year we see these ‘death traps’. Spots, locations are the same every year where these instances happened.”
While speaking with the media Shelar also raised questions on the desilting of the Mithi river which BMC had claimed more than 100% work was done.
“This year we saw that even Mithi river level was at high and that’s also during low tide. What’s the result behind this? If BMC had claimed that more than 100% work of desilting happened then why flooding happened in the city? The filtration station was halted due to heavy rains as drinking water got contaminated. I requested CM to call a meeting with experts and local representatives. But CM had a meeting with the same BMC officials who failed,” said Shelar.
While demanding SIT probe in these deaths, Shelar slammed BMC for not carrying out the survey of illegal construction in the city properly.
“It’s mandatory for BMC to conduct surveys of dangerous and dilapidated buildings, gaothans including probable landslide area where human loss can take place. They have to declare it for people’s opinion. This year they have not done so as they didn’t even discuss it in any meeting. While the deaths have happened due to pure negligence of BMC,” said Shelar.