Mumbai: Waste removed from drains chokes roadside

WHILE HEAPS of waste removed from drains as part of the pre-monsoon cleaning of stormwater drains dot the roads in the city and the suburbs, BMC officials claimed that traffic congestion on the roads and paucity of parking spaces are among the reasons behind the silt and waste piling up by the roadside. While pre-monsoon cleaning of drains is regularly carried out by the civic body, this year, contractors have failed to transport the silt and filth to landfill sites for disposal. Thus, the stinking heaps of silt or waste pulled out over 15 days ago has turned dry and hardened in the scorching sun.