With just two months to go for the southwest monsoon to hit the city, the civic body has asked ward officers to speed up work to make Mumbai rain-ready.
In a monthly review meeting on Saturday, civic chief Ajoy Mehta said nullahs cleaning and road works should be completed in the coming weeks. He also said special attention must be given to monsoon- related illnesses.
The move, civic sources said, is to save Mumbai from flooding like it did last June - when torrential rain submerged large parts of the financial capital, brought local train services to a grinding halt, left thousands of commuters stranded on waterlogged roads and flooded homes in low-lying areas. The disaster washed away the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s claims of rain-readiness, even though hundreds of crores were spent on water pumping stations and improving infrastructure.
To reduce instances of water-logging this year, the BMC said it plans a overhaul of all storm water drains at chronic flooding spots, such as Hindmata Junction and Deepak Talkies at Lower Parel. The BMC said, in such areas, the carrying capacity of underground drains has been increased and the laying of a 1,200 -mm diameter drain at Hindamata junction is being done.
The BMC also said it is cleaning up nullahs. Its data shows 38% of the city’s drains have been desilted , compared to last year’s 36% around the same time.
Covering manholes and reinstating trenches by the end of May are also on the ward officers’ to-do lists .
With the rains come an increase in typhoid and hepatitis cases, and to prevent this, the commissioner has asked ward officers to act against illegal roadside eateries put in place measures to control the spread of monsoon related-diseases .