Another monsoon, same old story: Mumbai at risk

  • Vaishnavi Vasudevan, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2015 22:27 IST

Spots prone to flooding in Mumbai: 224; buildings on the verge of collapse: 676; landslide spots: 285.

An assessment by the civic disaster management department has shown the risks Mumbai will be exposed to this monsoon, and among the areas that could face maximum damage are Kurla, Bhandup, Byculla and Ghatkopar.

Andheri (West ) has the most flood-prone areas (19), while Kurla has 112 extremely dilapidated buildings — the most — followed by Ghatkopar with 76 such buildings. There are 161 landslide spots in Bhandup alone.

“Based on the vulnerability of each ward, we are arranging the required machinery. These wards will be given special attention,” said a senior official from the disaster management cell.

“The disaster management cell sends warnings to wards, asking them to make arrangements and be well-prepared for the monsoon, with manpower and equipment in case of continuous rainfall. The most vulnerable wards will be paid more attention to,” said Mahesh Narvekar, chief officer, disaster management cell. The civic body has listed 40 chronic flooding spots, including Hindmata (which got flooded after a short, heavy spell of rain on Sunday), Kings Circle, Milan and Andheri subways and Veera Desai road, among others.

Citizen activists too said adequate steps have not been taken. “There has been respite from floods in Sion and Matunga. But surveying vulnerability is not enough, BMC must find solutions,” said Nikhil Desai, member F-North Citizens’ Forum.

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