Until the monsoon ends, at least one official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Storm Water Drains department will be present in the corporation’s control room 24x7.
The decision was taken after waterlogging was reported from parts of the city after Monday’s downpour.
“They [the storm water drain department officials] will be required to gauge which areas will be affected if a particular drain overflows so that necessary steps can be taken without losing any time,” said a civic official requesting anonymity.
Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya asked all assistant municipal commissioners to find out why areas in their wards were flooded after heavy rainfall on Monday.
The BMC will also use closed-circuit television camera footage obtained by the traffic police at major junctions to decide on alternate routes for traffic to be diverted to in case of floods or jams. “The information obtained from the CCTV footage will be of immense help to us,” Kshatriya said.
Mumbaiites expecting a troublesome Tuesday after Monday’s downpour did not have to face too many hurdles except for some traffic on arterial roads and waterlogging in some areas.
Despite grey skies all day, the city saw only mild rainfall.
On Tuesday, Colaba received 12.4 mm of rainfall until 8.30pm, while Santacruz recorded 23.2 mm of rainfall.
Flood-prone areas of Dadar, Sion and some parts of Santacruz saw waterlogging but the water did not take too much time to recede. Trains continued to run on time.
Though the showers were relatively light, they were enough to cause more than 50 trees to collapse in the last 24 hours.
Hindustan Times, with a panel of experts, had conducted an audit of the major drains across Mumbai. The audit showed the drains were choked with garbage and that was likely to cause them to overflow and lead to floods in the surrounding areas.
The July 2005 deluge was a result of the Mithi river overflowing because it was dumped with plastic and other forms of garbage.
After Hindustan Times’s audit, the BMC cleaned the drains and decided to fine those who dump garbage in these drains.