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BMC explanation impresses Big B

It is true that it pays to be a superstar. Just two days after actor Amitabh Bachchan poured his heart out on the chaos caused by Tuesday’s rain on his blog, civic officials on Thursday spent an hour with him explaining why the flooding actually happened.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2009 00:51 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

It is true that it pays to be a superstar.

Just two days after actor Amitabh Bachchan poured his heart out on the chaos caused by Tuesday’s rain on his blog, civic officials on Thursday spent an hour with him explaining why the flooding actually happened.

Bachchan, in a post on his blog on Friday, said he was impressed with the presentation the civic officials gave him on the city’s drainage system and the solutions.

“We went to talk to him as whatever he says has huge mass appeal. We went to explain what is the problem of Mumbai and Juhu, where he lives, to clear the misconception,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner R.A. Rajeev, one of the three officers who met the actor at his office, Janak.

The officials made a presentation on the entire flooding problem and how the Brihanmumbai Storm Water Drains project aims at mitigating the problems.

And looks like the superstar got every word of it. On his blog, he enumerates three problems that causes waterlogging — the 100-year-old drainage system, several natural canals that have become congested with effluents and high tides coupled with rain.

He went on to explain the solutions.

“The canals are being widened and people living along it being rehabilitated… several pumping stations are being installed … massive iron gates shall drop at the mouth of the drains to prevent the sea from forcing its way up into the city.”

He had a bit of caution for the citizens too.

“Immediate warning and caution — 24th of July, 2009. Reason. It’s going to have the highest and strongest high tide of the decade.”