The Mumbai traffic police on Monday said they have made all arrangements to deal with the monsoon.
Explaining the traffic arrangements made in the city, Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (traffic), said: “Among the many steps taken, we identified areas where water-logging causes problems and we have informed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which has installed pumps to drain out the rainwater.”
The traffic police said they have also made emergency traffic diversion plans in case of roadblocks. “We have identified open spaces across the city, which can be used as emergency parking spots in the event of heavy rains,” said Singh.
All traffic police chowkies have also been provided with the necessary equipment — LED batons, reflective jackets, cutters and public addressing systems — to deal with emergency situations such as flooding and traffic jams.
“We will also not give permissions for excavations till October unless it’s an emergency,” said Singh.
While the details of diversions and emergency parking lots have been uploaded on the traffic police website, commuters will also get up-to-date information through radio channels and other media.
The traffic police have also uploaded a detailed advisory for motorists, including precautionary measures and tips on how to handle emergency situations.
“This month, from June 15 to 18, the city is likely to experience [higher] high tides. If it rains heavily on these days, the chances of waterlogging are higher. We suggest that commuters take the necessary precautions on these days,” Singh said.
For details on road diversions and advisory, log on to www.trafficpolicemumbai.org.