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BMC lists city’s weak spots during monsoon

mumbai Updated: Jun 16, 2011 01:27 IST
Bhavika Jain
Bhavika Jain
Hindustan Times
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While Ghatkopar and Vikhroli are most vulnerable to landslides during the monsoon, areas in Kurla and Byculla are most susceptible to building collapses.

This information has been revealed through the data compiled by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which was assessing the vulnerability of the wards as a part of its pre-monsoon preparedness plan.

The list specifies the degree of vulnerability on the basis of the number of flooding spots, landslide-prone areas, dilapidated buildings, and seafront settlements assessed across the 24 wards of the city.

There are 43 landslide-prone spots – the highest in any ward – in the N-ward, which includes Vikhroli and Ghatkopar. Similarly, the L-ward, which includes Kurla, has 94 dilapidated structures, the highest number in any ward.

At 90, this is followed closely by the E-ward, which includes areas such as Byculla and Mazagaon.

The data also shows that the number of landslide spots have increased from 128 last year to 156, as have the number of dilapidated buildings, which have swelled to 1,054 from 876.

“The assessment is done so that we can undertake measures depending on the vulnerability of the ward,” said SS Shinde, joint municipal commissioner.

In the island city, the most vulnerable areas are from Bhuleshwar to Byculla, the D and E wards.

The two wards together have 23 chronic flooding spots, 17 landslide-prone areas, 133 dilapidated buildings, and 20 settlements perilously close to the sea. Civic officials said they would send notices to all landslide-prone settlements and dilapidated buildings, asking them to vacate the areas. “We have also made strengthening walls around the landslide-prone areas,” an official said, requesting anonymity.

In the western suburbs, areas in Malad, Goregaon and Borivli are most susceptible to the monsoon, with Borivli having the highest number of flooding spots at 51, and 138 dilapidated buildings.

In the eastern suburbs, the areas between Nahur and Mulund have been declared as vulnerable, after Kurla, as they have 25 flooding spots, 28 landslide-prone areas and 30 dangerous buildings.