241 pumps to be used at Metro sites across Mumbai to prevent flooding this monsoon
After Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said the Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cannot be held responsible for water-logging near Metro sites, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) has decided to install 241 dewatering pumps at Metro sites, where there is possibility of water logging.
The decision was taken in the pre-monsoon meeting of three agencies – the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and MMRCL.
Along with 241 dewatering pumps from MMRCL, the total number of pumps that will be working this monsoon will be 436. For better coordination with BMC during monsoon, both the agencies have also announced to assign nodal officers. Through its control room facility, it will address citizens’ grievances during heavy rains.
Earlier MMRCL had said that it will clean, desilt and divert storm water drains; build sedimentation tank at low lying areas, and provide dewatering pumps and other necessary equipment.
MMRCL assured that the storm water drains and underground utilities diverted at Mumbai Central, Cuffe Parade, Vidhan Bhavan, Churchagate , Hutatma Chowk are in the last stage and will be reinstated by May 31st. Storm water drains, carry storm water to sea during monsoon.
Last week, HT had reported that the BMC directed the Metro agency to fix sewage lines and underground utilities, by May 31, damaged during the Metro-3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz) work, failing which the latter could be penalised.
The BMC recently identified 17 spots, where flooding is likely owing to ongoing civil, railway and Metro works.