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4 yrs on, R38- cr flood prevention project in Khar to be reworked

Poorvi Kulkarni , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 08, 2013
First Published: 09:57 IST(8/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:02 IST(8/7/2013)

The project to ease constant flooding in Jay Bharat society, a complex of 65 buildings in Khar (West), is facing yet another hurdle.

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The Jai Bharat society drain outside the sewage pumping station in Khar that was to be upgraded under the micro-tunnelling project.

The Rs38-crore micro-tunnelling project planned by the civic body four years ago has retreated to its design stage after Western Railway (WR) told civic officials that the current alignment of the tunnel would obstruct the construction route of the Churchgate Virar elevated rail corridor.

The Brihanmumumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now reworking the alignment of the 2-km tunnel, which passes through the railway premises in the Bandra-Khar area.

This means Khar residents will be face water-logging for at least two more years. While civic officials said tenders would be floated in the next two months, it has not yet received a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the railway authorities to begin construction.

“We have been following up with railway authorities about the plan for the past four years. Now they tell us the current alignment is coming in the way of the elevated corridor,” said a senior civic official.

Stating that a number of issues such as the location of shafts for the tunnel needed to be looked into, Rajiv Jalota, additional municipal commissioner (projects), said, “We are yet to finalise the alignment with railway officials.”

The underground sewage tunnel will be constructed using the micro-tunnelling technique, which does not require digging. It is expected to improve the sewage flow in the area, thereby controlling overflows into the storm water drain network.

“For the past ten years, we have been suffering as four-feet deep water floods the colony during heavy rain, entering many ground floor flats and rendering our lifts non-functional,” said Rahul Pai, secretary, Jay Bharat society.

WR engineers confirmed the developments.

“The BMC's proposal is under consideration, but an approval will take time as it will have to be scrutinised by the commissioner of railway safety before the NOC is granted,” said CNK David, WR public relations officer.


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