With the monsoon just around the corner, the Mumbai police have identified 74 locations that are prone to water-logging and 72 locations prone to land-slide and have sent the list to the local police stations. A standard operating procedure (SOP), too, has been put in place to respond to emergency, sources said.
The Mumbai police plan to publish daily weather updates from the meteorological department on their official website. Social media platforms, too, will be utilized to update people. A booklet has been published to enable policemen to seek help during emergencies. “An information book has been prepared with all guidelines, numbers of the authorities concerned, along with information on weather. It has been given to all police stations,” said Sangramsinh Nishandar, deputy commissioner of police and Mumbai police spokesperson.
Around 93 close circuit television cameras (CCTV) have been installed for real-time monitoring of roads in the city. The police have advised residents to keep a watch on the timings of high-tides, coupled with heavy rain, and venture out in such a situation only if necessary. The policemen have also been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other measures.
Sources said beach patrolling will be increased to prevent drownings. The list of precautions include the timings of high-tide and low-tide, list of expert swimmers in case of flooding, private organizations that provide boats, spots under CCTV surveillance, traffic diversions, details of people and organizations that provide buses, vehicles and towing vans, list of parking spots during emergency situation and list of school/colleges for flood-affected people.
A cautionary advice to the police stations read, “Due to the ongoing construction works of flyovers, metro/mono and others, there have been instances when the waste gets accumulated nearby drainage lines and chokes it, resulting into accumulation of water...”