BMC identifies 299 spots at risk of landslides during monsoon in Mumbai
299 spots in city are prone to landslides
RAIN-READY Bhandup, Ghatkopar top the list, eviction notices sent to residents
MUMBAI With the monsoon around the corner, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has identified 299 spots in the city that are prone to landslides. Bhandup tops the list with 161 spots, followed by Ghatkopar (32).
While the Geological Survey of India (GSI) that conducted the survey for the civic body has classified 20 of the 299 spots as ‘most vulnerable’, 40 others are at ‘moderate to high risk’. Sixty-two locations are at no risk. The risky areas in Bhandup and Ghatkopar are on the hill slopes of JM Road, Shivshakti Society and areas near Gaodevi Tekadi.
As part of its standard operating procedure, ahead of the rains, BMC issues warnings and notices to hutments and slums in hilly areas that are vulnerable to collapses. Depending on the ownership of the land, the civic body or the collectorate provides alternative accommodation or rehabilitation.
Santoshkumar Dhonde, assistant municipal commissioner, S ward, which includes Bhandup, said, “Smaller slum pockets have come up recently. We built retaining walls at 105 spots and sent eviction notices to all.”
Bhagyashree Kapse, assistant municipal commissioner, said, “We have built retaining walls at half the locations in Ghatkopar (West) and have put up caution notices. The land belongs to the collectorate, so we can’t evict people or rehabilitate them.”
Over the past two years, BMC has identified 15 new landslide-prone locations in Ghatkopar, Malabar Hill, Kurla, Tardeo and others. A senior civic official from the disaster management department said they will conduct a reconnaissance of 45 spots soon.
Work on pipelines to go on through the rains
While the civic body’s unfilled potholes and dirty stormwater drains lead to trouble every monsoon, there’s one more cause this year – work on the 24x7 water supply project. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to continue work on water pipelines in Bandra, Santacruz, Khar (West) and Mulund through the monsoon to complete the delayed project.
Past several deadlines, the civic body is pushing to complete its water distribution and improvement project (WDIP) in H/West (Bandra and adjoining areas) and T (Mulund) wards since 2014. According to BMC’s special engineering department, the project is expected to be completed around August 15.
The civic body is yet to build chambers and install pressure valves in water pipes which will ensure uninterrupted water supply through the day. For this, it has dug up portions of major roads in the two suburban areas, the work on which will go on over the next few months. The work is currently in progress at St Martin Road, Hill Road, SV road, Juhu Circle and General Arunkumar Vaidya Marg in the western suburbs and Veena Nagar, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Bal Rajeshwar road and Navghar road in the eastern suburbs.
Prakash Kadam, deputy municipal commissioner (special engineering), said, “We will try to finish construction of chambers before June 30. The work may inconvenience citizens, but we will do it during the dry spell under supervision. We are also prepared to tackle water-logging in the areas.” Sharad Ughade, assistant municipal commissioner (H/W), said, “The project will benefit a lot of people.”
Under it, the civic body plans to offer 10 services, including quality assurance, leak detection in pipes, GIS mapping for network, among others.
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