Simple steps to getting ready for the rains
Though rains are welcome, Mumbaikars fear monsoon because of past experiences. The city should do take the following precautions. Read more.mumbai Updated: May 23, 2010 02:07 IST
Though rains are welcome, Mumbaikars fear monsoon because of past experiences. The city should do take the following precautions:
* All ‘open heart surgeries’ of roads and footpaths carried out by should be completed by June 6
* Drains should be cleaned
* Special attention should be given to the Mithi river and its surroundings.
* Manholes that are kept open during heavy downpour need to be prominently marked
* BMC should keep additional teams ready for people in low-lying areas
* Electric wires and instruments that are open to the weather should be covered properly
* People should not throw solid wastes out in the open and clog drains
* BEST buses should operate more buses, especially during peak hours
Prem K. Menon
Every year, it’s the same blame game
The blame game between the BMC and the MMRDA is a yearly ritual that results in the suffering of the spectator-citizens of Mumbai. Every monsoon, July 26 is refreshed in the minds of Mumbaikars.
Generally, flooding takes place due to the rubbish that chokes the outlets. BMC should undertake desilting of drains and removal of illegal structures along the Mithi river.
Smaller outlets beneath rail tracks should be kept free of garbage. If the covers of manholes are removed, they should be adequately fenced to prevent pedestrians from falling into them.
Disaster management groups should be stationed at strategic points to monitor the situation and advise citizens.
Keep the drains free of garbage
Although every Mumbaikar is waiting for rain, thanks to the acute shortage of water, every one shudders at the thought of July 26, when Mumbai was caught unaware. Have we learnt a lesson?
The way the entire city is dug up for various projects, one cannot really blame the rain god for creating havoc. The need of the hour is to arrange for proper drainage and prevent clogging of rivers to prevent water-logging, which not only affects the mobility of the city but causes epidemics as well.
The weather department should alert people on time so that they avoid going out unnecessarily. Efforts should be made to keep suburban train services as regular as possible.
We need some drastic measures
With the weather bureau reporting a normal monsoon, we should be prepared to face flooding and the calamity that follows. We should have a disaster management committee to meet the challenges of such a situation.
We are lagging behind in preparations. Waste generated from the construction work of the Metro may block drains and lead to flash floods in the low lying areas.
Whatever preparations have been made already are not enough and drastic steps will have to be taken before the onset of the monsoon.
It is the duty of the people to avoid a situation like the one in July 2005.
Here’s what to do on the home front
The seasonal rains of the monsoon can cause flooding that halts transportation, contaminate water, disrupt electricity and limit access to supplies. This is how I shall prepare:
* Storing non-perishable food and supplies
* Check my house for weaknesses and reinforce them
* Clear garbage that could be caught in the wind
* Fill several containers with drinking water because tap water may get contaminated
* Repair leaks immediately
Bhalchandra and Ashalata Waghe
Low-lying areas continue to suffer
The city is not prepared for the monsoon because of the inefficient work of civic officials that results in many areas of the city being dug up. I am a resident of the Mumbai Central-Grant Road area that, according to the BMC, is a low. Despite promises from the BMC, the area is always flooded during the monsoon.
The municipal corporation has failed to clean up the sewage system and does not have time to make up for it.
Bhagwan B. Thadani
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It’s not rocket science, is it?
Can we make a difference by just writing, raving and ranting about our monsoon woes and blaming the BMC all the time? How many of us have ever thought of the hazardous effects of one small plastic bag? How many times have we opened our car window and thrown an empty packet out?
In all honesty, we all do this all the time and all around the year. It surely does not take rocket science to understand that the tonnes of garbage we belch out every day will go and settle somewhere.
If the only way to make us Mumbaiites learn is by imposing austere penalties, then so be it. We should have social sanctions against offenders. And this will happen only if we all clean up our own act and stop blaming the BMC.