The spots in Mumbai vulnerable to flooding this monsoon

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 08, 2016 12:17 IST

With the monsoon barely a week away, Hindustan Times invited an expert panel to audit nine stormwater drains and six roads across the city. This is their analysis of ground reality:

RAFIQ NAGAR NULLAH, GOVANDI: A major nullah in the eastern suburbs, it carries stormwater from Govandi, Mankhurd, Chembur and Ghatkopar. Running parallel to the Deonar dumping ground, the nullah connects to the Thane creek. If not desilted properly, it can lead to flooding in Shivaji Nagar, Mankhurd and Chembur

WHAT THE HT PANEL FOUND: Floating material and silt was found in huge quantities at the site. When HT visited the site, desilting, collection, transportation of silt was underway. The BMC has also undertaken construction of a retaining wall on the site, which was stuck owing to encroachment near the nullahs

“Substantial silt was removed from the nullah. The work should continue and the nullah should be maintained systematically.”

DK Pathak, former solid waste management engineer

Rating: 4.5/10

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DHARAVI NULLAH : It is an important extension of the Mithi River. It carries stormwater from flood-prone areas of Mahim and Dharavi to Mithi River. It needs to be desilted to avoid flooding in these low-lying areas

WHAT THE HT PANEL FOUND: A clear example of why the BMC needs to immediately strengthen the system and also install a sewage disposal system in slum settlements. The encroachments on one side of the nullah are leading to continuous discharge of sewage into it. Even if the civic body claims to have desilted the nullah, within a few hours, the nullah is filled with floating material, filth and silt. This could possibly lead to heavy flooding

“The west side of the nullah has to be cleared for JCBs to operate. Toilet blocks are near the nullah. They should be planned and connected to the sewage line.”

James John, activist, AGNI member

Rating: 4.5/10

RASRAJ NULLAH, VILE PARLE (WEST): The nullah flows from Vile Parle and connects to drains in Andheri and Juhu. It could lead to flooding in Vile Parle, if not cleaned properly

WHAT THE HT PANEL FOUND: A considerable amount of desilting has been undertaken at the spot. However, large swathes of silt and floating material were found in the nullah. The civic body needs to clean the nullah thoroughly.

“The BMC is yet to finish desilting of the nullah. Settlements run parallel to the nullah, which explains why they need to be cleaned at regular intervals.”

Nikhil Desai, activist from F-north

Rating: 4.75/10

BEHRAMPADA NULLAH: It carries storm water from the areas of Bandra (West). The nullah flows from Bandra (East) and further connects to Mithi. It could lead to flooding if not cleaned properly

WHAT THE HT PANEL FOUND: This was one of the worst nullahs that HT visited, filled with garbage and swathes of silt with direct sewage discharge into the nullah. Upstream was not cleaned, blocking the flow of the nullah. The nullah is narrow owing to slum settlements running parallel

“The upstream has not been even cleaned once. Heaps of garbage need to be immediately removed from the nullah.”

GD Patil, former road engineer

Rating: 2/10

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