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Weather update is just a click away

If you are planning to go to Four Bungalows in Andheri (West) and want to know the weather update in that area, just log on to www.mumbaimonsoon.in.

mumbai Updated: Jul 01, 2011 02:06 IST
Kunal Purohit

If you are planning to go to Four Bungalows in Andheri (West) and want to know the weather update in that area, just log on to www.mumbaimonsoon.in.

The website, which was launched in 2009, was revamped by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation at a cost of Rs18 lakh to provide real-time weather updates.

Aiming to provide real-time data on the city’s rainfall in different areas, the site makes use of the civic body’s 35 automatic weather stations (AWS), out of which 28 supply real-time rainfall data about the city not just in the last 24 hours, but also tell you how much it rained in the last 15 minutes.

Joint municipal commissioner SS Shinde said, “This exercise aimes to inform the citizen in real-time, the rainfall situation in the city. Hence, in case he wants to plan a trip to some place in the city, he can always log on to the website and check the status.”

In its revamped version, the site has a list of places where work on infrastructure projects is on, along with the exact nature of work. It has also listed the roads where traffic will be diverted from, as well as roads it will be diverted to.

Said Shinde, “We also plan to update the status of road, rail and air traffic in case of emergencies so that people can even plan their travel accordingly. We will start coordinating with BEST so that at least the status of the city’s buses is known.”

A civic official said that the site would be improved upon further. “We are planning to expand it to social networks too, so that people know and can participate in relief operations during emergencies.”