In a bid to solve the problem of flooding in Dadar and Parel during monsoon, the civic body has decided to divert two water pipelines because they were found obstructing the storm water drain pipes.
On June 19, areas such as Dadar and Parel flooded despite the desilting work, forcing the civic authorities probe the reasons.
The decision to divert the Tansa main water lines was made after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) found they were obstructing the underground drainage lines.
A civic official, who did not wish to be named, said: “Owing to the obstruction, it even takes time for the water to recede in areas such as Elphinstone, Parel and Dadar TT. This also leads to water logging on railway tracks in these areas.”
The BMC is also planning to divert water pipelines at western suburbs to tackle the problem of flooding.
Laxman Vhatkar, chief engineer, storm water drain department, said, “There are two old underground Tansa pipelines at Dr BA Road from Maheshwari Udyan to Hindmata. We found these pipelines obstructing the drainage lines. We are looking at options to divert the water lines.”
The century-old water pipelines are 800mm and 1,200mm in diameter.
Additional municipal commissioner SVR Srinivas has asked the water department to look for options to divert the existing pipelines.
Another civic official from the department, requesting anonymity, said: “A proposal has been made to replace these pipelines with one 1,500mm diameter pipeline. Though the work has started at King Circle-Matunga end, we have asked the water department to look for alternatives.”