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Let’s take care of ourselves.It’s futile to rely on the BMC

Despite the BMC’s claims of rain-readiness, the year’s first downpour on Tuesday caused instant waterlogging, power cuts and potholes. Are you dreading the next three months? How do you plan to cope? Do you think Mumbai will ever truly be ready for the rains?

mumbai Updated: Jul 08, 2012 01:39 IST

Leaking roofs at most railway stations make walking on the platforms slippery, thus risky. I think Mumbaiites will have to just learn to take care of themselves. It’s futile to rely on the BMC.

Watch out for open potholes. Don’t throw plastic in gutters. This will clog drains and cause water logging. Opt for car pools to avoid traffic jams. Drink boiled or filtered water and avoid eating at roadside eateries.

In case of very heavy rainfall, step out only in case of an emergency. Always keep a few help line numbers handy.
— SN Kabra

Ditches and potholes: The annual rain dance
Mumbaiites have begun to dread the monsoon. Potholes of all sizes have pitted the city’s streets. Even the highways are not spared. For Mumbaiites, dealing with the monsoon chaos has become an annual routine thanks to the corrupt and inefficient BMC.
Most road surfaces in Mumbai are plain, uneven or concave, leading to waterlogging. If the roads were convex, the rainwater would drain out on both sides of the road.
Nothing will change, until the BMC and road contractors use proper materials and ensure that roads slope on both sides. Simply filling up potholes and carrying out shoddy repair work with quick-fix materials is not going to help.
— KP Rajan

The truth is we can never be rain-ready
I dread the monsoon every year because Mumbai can never really be rain-ready.
The indiscriminate and unplanned urbanisation has damaged at least 30% of the city’s natural streams. Roads and buildings have replaced them. So when it rains heavily, water collects on the roads and railway tracks. Even the old storm water drains are of little help.
— V Subramanyan

Ready for yet another adventurous monsoon
The next three months are going to be tortuous, as neither the BMC nor the state administration have learnt any lessons from previous years. Last year, HT ran a campaign against potholes, but this year it’s the same old story all over again. With the season’s first heavy downpour, Mumbai’s streets are already dotted with potholes.
Potholes are caused by poor workmanship during road construction and repairs. The repairs do not last even one season. Yet the contractors collect their money every year.
Citizens must also battle waterlogging, a result of poor urban planning. Our drainage system too is succumbing to the city’s growing population. Failure of power lines during modest rain tells the same story.
It seems, left with no choice, Mumbaites must treat the BMC’s lack of monsoon preparedness as
an adventure.
— YG Chouksey

Rain-ready? What a cruel joke
Mumbaiites have begun to dread the monsoon. One can get killed in road accidents because of potholes, falling trees, open manholes or waterlogging. BMC’s claims of being rain-ready are hollow.
To save yourself from falling trees, make a mental note of areas with dense tree cover and simply avoid passing through them during heavy rains.
Also avoid wading through knee-deep water in waterlogged areas. Who knows, with open wires and damaged electricity
poles, where there may be a live current.
Always carry a torch and extra pair of clothes. Tune in to the radio for monsoon updates. Wear gumboots and cover your head with a cap to shield yourself from dirty water flowing from balconies and broken pipes.
Mumbai will never be truly ready for monsoons, unless citizens take corporators and the BMC to task.
— Deendayal M Lulla

Don’t waste our money on shoddy repair work
Tall claims of the BMC’s rain-readiness fell flat with the first showers. Low-lying areas were flooded and roads riddled with potholes, causing severe traffic jams.
Pre-monsoon cleaning of nullahs and drains and filling up of potholes is a blatant waste of public money.
With such poor preparations by the civic body, the citizens are left to take care of themselves. Watch out for drains and gutters. Avoid walking or driving through flooded roads. Don’t let children step out alone.
— Vanita Shenoy

Once again, traffic jams, potholes return
Waterlogging, traffic snarls and disruptions in suburban rail services have become the order of the day.
Every year, the BMC undertakes a variety of ‘pre-monsoon measures’, yet Mumbaiites suffer each time the city witnesses heavy rainfall as water stagnates and potholes dot our roads, gradually turning into craters. Low-lying areas are flooded, forcing people to wade through knee-deep water.
— NV Unnithan