MUMBAI: As a part of its monsoon preparedness measures, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has identified 284 spots in the city which are prone to landslide. Of these, the highest number of landslide spots have been identified in the hilly areas of suburban Bhandup. According to BMC data, 161 spots in the S ward (which includes Bhandup) are prone to landslide this monsoon.
The spots have been identified mainly in the slum areas on the J M Road, the Shivshakti Society and areas near Gaodevi Tekadi. The civic body has also found 29 areas that are prone to landslide in suburban Ghatkopar which also has a huge number of shanties built over hills.
“The shanties are built in haphazard manner over hills with no access roads. Every year, the BMC sends notices to these slumdwellers to vacate the area but none of them do so,” said Ramesh Koregaonkar, Shiv Sena corporator from the S ward.
As part of its standard operating procedure, the BMC issues warnings and notices to hutments and slums in hilly areas that are vulnerable to collapses. Depending on the ownership of the land, alternate accommodation and rehabilitation is made for the families either by the civic body or the collectorate.
Meanwhile, retaining walls are constructed in landslideprone areas using local area development funds of elected representatives. “We have built retaining walls in most areas, but the work is still in progress,” Koregaonkar added.
BMC’s disaster management department has also identified 15 spots each in the D ward (Tardeo, Malabar Hill) and the L ward (Kurla) which are prone to landslide. Senior civic officials from the disaster management department said that they will soon conduct a recee of these spots along with officials from the fire brigade and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team.