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Official plan clean-up drive beyond Mithi
   September 21, 2005

Though the state government plans to clean the blockage in Mithi River's course, local politicians say that the other smaller rivers too should be inspected.

The north-Mumbai district of BJP has formed a committee to the study and suggest measures required to clean the Dahisar, Valnai, Poinsur and Oshiwara rivers, which were flooded during the July 26 deluge in Mumbai. The committee comprises of corporators, two architects and retired BMC officials.

Says Ram Naik, former union minister and senior BJP leader, "After the floods, everybody's attention has been drawn towards the plight of Mithi River. However, there are four other rivers - Poinsur, Valnai, Dahisar and Oshiwara -which need equal attention. Some parts of the suburb were flooded as these rivers were overflowing."

Apart from Naik, the committee includes MLA Gopal Shetty, deputy mayor of Mumbai Dilip Patel, R-ward president Mohan Mithbaokar and P-ward president Daksha Patel. 

Shetty says that the team, along with BJP corporators from other areas, inspected the Dahisar river, which starts from the Tulsi Lake in National Park and ends at Kandarpada where it meets the sea. Shetty says, "We will also visit other rivers and prepare a report within a week.

The report will be submitted to Madhav Chitale, who is heading a state government-appointed committee to study and recommend measures to clean Mithi river. A report will also be submitted to the Chief Minister."

Naik says that it's unfair to blame the BMC for the mess. He says, "It is the state government's responsibility to rehabilitate the encroachers who have settled on the banks of the rivers."

The committee also includes architects Arvind Nandapurkar and Tarun Mota who will provide technical suggestions like the ideal base and width of the rivers. Naik says, "In 1976, a proposal was floated to construct a dam on the river in National Park.

However, the previous governments did not follow the proposal. Probably, the presence of such a dam could have reduced the flooding here. This kind of technical proposal will also be debated by the committee."

The ban on plastic bags in Mumbai has on one hand the milk-packaging community crying hoarse as to how it would make milk dearer by 20 per cent,
and on the other sees non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved making and selling bio-degradable paper bags, eyeing the opportunity with
tremendous potential waiting to be tapped.

The list of paper-making NGOs includes Society for Heal, Aid, Restore and Educate (Share), Helpage India, Federation for Welfare of Mentally Retarded (India), Raksha, the Delhi Cheshire Home and the Home for Mentally Handicapped.

Share and Helpage are actively consideringly the possibility of converting this opportunity into a big business venture, which could make the mentally 
challenged and senior citizens in earning their livelihood. Helpage, and NGO for senior citizens, encouraged the initiatives of an old lady and helped her to set up a small business. She has tied up with two bakeries and supplys bags on a regular basis.

Share, the corporate social responsiblity wing of United Television (UTV), supplies 20,000 bags to all Fab India outlets in Mumbai on a monthly basis
at a price of Rs 5 per bag. Envisaging huge demand for such bags in the event of the ban being implemented, the NGO is now in talks with other retail outlets like Foodland and Westside. It is also exploring the option of teaching bags-making to people outside Mumbai, to meet the demand of of the Fab India outlets located outside Mumbai.

HSBC and Merrill Lynch are the business houses supplying the basic raw material to the NGO. The other paper donors include Rotary Clubs based in
downtown and Sion and various housing societies located across Mumbai
Sep 3
Name: Mohammed Kasim

This help is requested from the area of CHEETA CAMP, MANKHURD (P.M.G.P) SATHE NAGAR, & TRANSIST CAMP. Many people are still suffering loss from the disaster happened on 26th july and yet neither government had turned back nor any NGO.
So I want to reveal the truth in front of you. The money or help which was promised by the government were not fully completed by them. Rarely few of them had received Rs.1000/-or Rs.1500/- where even that amount can never compare to that losses happened. So we all are in hope that really our this mail will show some light to our affected life. 
September 03, 2005

Deluge on the west coast  including Mumbai brought  unprecedented suffering and loss of life. Though the fault lies with the authorities for failing to take preventive measures that could have reduced the misery, the government response is really  patheitc. There can be no more glaring instance of callousness and irresponsibility than that of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra who summed up saying that "We have learnt a lesson. We are now busy estimating the loss for arriving at the amount of money we should ask from the Government of India for  relief."