In an effort to mitigate the hassles faced by commuters due to water logging on the city’s roads during monsoon, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) would undertake the rehabilitation of the storm water drain network in the island city.
Work on strengthening these drains, which are part of the Brimstowad project, had long been pending since the multi-crore project was revived in 2006. The proposal approving the contract for these works was passed by the civic standing committee on Monday.
The Rs84.52-crore project, which aims to overhaul the century-old existing storm water drain network in south Mumbai, will reduce the extent of flooding on the city’s major roads to a great extent.
Storm water drains in major parts of south Mumbai such as Fort, Colaba, Byculla and Mahalaxmi would be strengthened as part of the proposal to reduce flooding in 18 flood-prone spots in these areas.
“The rehabilitation work on the existing drain network in the island city is a comprehensive project and would increase the life of these old drains by at least 50 more years,” said Laxman Vhatkar, chief engineer, storm water drains department.
The 500-km storm water drain network that runs in the island city is made of brick masonry and has also often led to a series of road cave-ins in the past with the old, dilapidated drains running beneath SoBo roads often collapsing owing to wear and tear over the years.
The civic body first began the project of rehabilitating the British-era storm water drains in the island city in 2010 with three main roads — Dr E Moses Road, in Worli, Reay Road and Patthe Bapurao Road near Grant Road.
The proposal, which was passed on Monday, includes 18 more such works at different locations in south Mumbai. The work will be carried out for a period of 18 months, excluding the monsoon period of four months, from the time the contract is awarded.
However, getting permissions from the traffic police to divert traffic on some of these major roads could be key for timely completion of work.
The project is expected to be completed by 2015, which is also the deadline set for completion of the entire Brimstowad project.