Residents of D-ward are a nervous lot as many portions of the ward are low-lying and get water-logged during the monsoon. The ward is divided into three parts — central, western and eastern. It comprises areas such as Walkeshwar, Peddar Road, Napean Sea Road, etc.
At some places like Napean Sea Road, the residents appeared satisfied with the monsoon preparations carried out by the civic body. However, at places like Nana Chowk, residents were apprehensive that there could be trouble during heavy rains.
HT visited Napean Sea Road, Nana Chowk and the Alankar Cinema area alongwith members of the D-Ward ALM (Advanced Locality Management) for a first-hand assessment.
ALANKAR CINEMA - 8/10
What the ALM found: The civic body has installed two hand pumps at the junction of Vallabhbhai Patel Road and Pathe Bapurao Road, which is a chronic water logging spot.
“In terms of pre-monsoon preparedness, all the necessary steps have been taken. However, their effectiveness can be gauged only once the monsoons arrive.” Indrani Malkani, head, D-ward ALM
NANA CHOWK 4/10
What the ALM found: The construction of a skywalk on this road is still under way, which might hinder the movement of traffic. Also, the desilting work is incomplete.
“Nana Chowk is one of the worst-hit areas during monsoon. The trees aligning the road have not been pruned and the desilting work is incomplete. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) efforts are not enough. Dr Nilesh Bakshi, a Nana chowk resident
Napean Sea Road 7/10
What the ALM found: Two hand pumps have been deployed to tackle the problem of water logging on this road. Also the widened road and renovated pavements are expected to provide relief from rain-related woes this year.
“The civic body started the work of changing old underground sewage pipes and storm water drains in the beginning of the year. The hand pumps will hopefully act as a respite from water-logging, especially during high tide. The work done is quite impressive.”
Geeta Mirchandani, chairperson, Napean Sea Road Citizens’ forum.