Dampening hopes of a hassle-free monsoon, civic commissioner Sitaram Kunte said on Saturday that water-logging is inevitable in some parts of the city. The solace he offered was that the water will drain out faster as two pumping stations have been installed, and citizens will have access to weather forecasts and details of flooded areas on social networking sites.
The BMC has tied up with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) to provide ‘Nowcasts’ — three-hourly forecasts — to its disaster management department.
“This weather information, along with the BMC data on water-logging and flooded spots, will be put up on our page to give citizens real-time warnings on monsoon. FM radio channels have also been roped in to give this information,” said Kunte, who took over as civic chief last month.
The BMC hopes that these forecasts will help commuters make informed decisions while commuting to and from work.
When asked if Mumbai will be flood-proof this year, Kunte said there are 45 chronic spots where water-logging is inevitable during heavy rain, along with high tide above 4.5 metres. “This year, there are 21 days when the tide is above 4.5-metres. If it rains heavily on these days, we might face water-logging on at least 3-4 days. But we hope the pumping stations at Irla and Haji Ali help water drain faster,” he said.