HC pulls up Mumbai civic body for rain flooding
The court has asked the civic body to explain why action should not be taken against contractors in view of bad conditions of roads.india Updated: Jul 05, 2006 13:41 IST
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday came down heavily on Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) for its failure to tackle flooding of low-lying areas due to heavy rains in the city on Tuesday.
The court has asked the civic body to explain why action should not be taken against contractors in view of bad conditions of roads.
Hearing a public interest litigation, the court asked the civic body to file an affidavit stating what action it was contemplating against such errant contractors.
The court also observed in view of Tuesday's disruption of normal life in the city, nothing much seemed to have been done with regard to long term planning for tackling heavy rain situations.
The court was hearing a PIL filed last year, which sought implementation of a report on disposal of drain water during monsoon.
The court also asked the western railways to file an affidavit as to what measures they were taking to avoid water logging on railway tracks.
Counsel for the civic body told the court that it had taken steps to prevent flooding of low lying areas.
Justice RM Lodha observed, "we appreciate your efforts but perhaps you have failed to adopt long term planning measures which is why the situation was bad yesterday".
A heavy rain in Mumbai is an annual feature and to tackle the monsoon fury the authorities have to undertake long term planning measures, he observed.