Flood updates every 15 min, says BMC
This monsoon you will get flood updates every 15 minutes on the civic body website. So it might be a good idea to log on before you leave for work on a rainy day, to check for flooded tracks and traffic jams.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) helped by a group of engineers from the United States Army, will give area-wise water logging updates on its website (mcgm.gov.in) from rain gauges installed at 35 places around the city.
“We are planning to link the website to rain gauges so that the common man can get updates every 15 minutes,” said S.S. Shinde, joint municipal commissioner.
The BMC will ask the US engineers to help them set up stimulus centres, which will simulate flooding in different parts of the city at different climactic conditions.
“Rain gauges will give you details once it starts raining, the stimulus centers will give you predictions about how much flooding will take place at a chronic spot if it rains,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Kishore Gajbhiye.
Rain gauges will be set up to give local predictions at various locations including Borivli, BKC, IIT Powai and the BMC headquarters.
In addition to a flow guage in Powai, another will be set up in Kurla, so that the speed of flowing water in nullahs can warn people in the area about floods.
There are 211 water pumps fitted at 180 locations across the city — including three pumps at the Milan subway — to facilitate swift drainage of water.
The city’s fire department has issued a list of telephone numbers where citizens can call for safety updates or to report on flooding in their area.