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City’s deluge on study radar

mumbai Updated: May 24, 2010 01:54 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

The city will be one of the six global cities that are going to be included in a special study for flood resilience.

The study will aim to derive advanced and novel strategies to improve ways of tackling the July 26 deluge-like situations for flood-prone cities like Mumbai.

A team of global experts from the academia and government bodies from nine countries — India, Germany, France, Bangladesh, China, Netherlands, UK, Spain and Denmark — will be a part of this four-year research.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Powai will represent the city in the study.

The project cost of the study is estimated at 4.71 million euros.

“The study is a collaborative research on floods in urban areas where six cities including Mumbai, Dhaka, Beijing and the other three in Europe will be looked at. The idea is to create synergies to arrive at an innovative approach to living with floods,” said Kapil Gupta, an urban flood expert and professor, department of civil engineering, IIT-Mumbai who will contribute his knowledge of the city in the study.

Funded by the European commission, the study will look at the issue in isolation for each city.

It will also also look at the differences in urban flooding problems in Asia and in Europe.

This will ensure a sharing of experience and methodology.

The comparisons will range from the levels of economic development, infrastructural age, social systems and decision-making processes, to prevailing drainage methods, seasonality of rainfall patterns and trends in climate change.

The programme will aim at letting cities in Asia and Europe learn from each other through joint investigation, development, implementation and dissemination of strategies.

This will enable a more scientifically sound management of the consequences of urban flooding in the future.

The study also aims to help find solutions that are cost effective, implementable and minimise the danger to human life as well as to property.