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‘Civic body’s disaster management cell is strong’

We are trying out new cold-mix technologies to fill potholes this year, says Sitaram Kunte, Mumbai Municipal Commissioner.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2012 02:26 IST
Kunal Purohit

It rained for just two hours, but your disaster control room got around 400 distress calls. Citizens said the BMC response time was dismal. Doesn’t it show that the BMC is ill-prepared for the monsoon?

Our disaster management system is strong. But there was heavy rainfall and strong winds in a very short period on Monday. We were able to ensure that no location remained water-logged for more than 30 minutes. The traffic also did not come to a complete halt.

There were 66 tree collapses on Monday, and two people were hurt. Why has the BMC not been able to handle the problem of tree falls?

Most trees fall in the first phase of the monsoon when rain is accompanied by winds. We have taken precautions, including pruning of trees.

Around 324 potholes have been detected in 48 hours. Is the city headed for another bumpy ride?

More potholes will be detected as I have issued strict instructions to click photos of every pothole, no matter what. We are trying out new cold-mix technologies to fill potholes this year. It makes the repair quicker, but we have to wait and watch the results of this experimentation.