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Mumbai deluge aftermath: 4 proposed mini-pumping stations remain on paper

The mini-pumping stations are part of the revised Brimstowad project that looks at overhauling Mumbai’s 19th century storm water drains.

mumbai Updated: Sep 10, 2017 01:00 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
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On August 29, Mumbai received more than 300mm rainfall, brining the city to a standstill.(HT File)

Despite plans for four mini-pumping stations that will give much-needed relief from water-logging in many parts of the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to take any steps to execute the project.

The mini-pumping stations are part of the revised Brimstowad project that looks at overhauling Mumbai’s 19th century storm water drains. The four mini-pumping stations in the city have been proposed at Dadar (West), Charni Road, Dharavi and Mankhurd, all congested areas that reported water-logging in the August 29 deluge last month.

However, civic officials admitted that this plan had remained on drawing board, and is yet to take off.

Under the Brimstowad project, first proposed after the January 2005 deluge, the BMC has completed six pumping stations - Haji Ali, Love Grove and Cleveland in Worli, Irla in Vile Parle (West), Britannia at Reay Road and Guzderbandh in Santacruz. The project is expected to be revised every decade. The current master plan, including the four mini-pumping stations, was updated in 2014. The four stations will have three pumps that will aid in reducing water-logging. Each station would cost about Rs50 crores.

The project has missed two deadlines so far, even as the cost has ballooned from Rs1,200 crores to Rs4,700 crores. Until February 2016, BMC had already spent more than Rs 2,000 crores on the Brimstowad project.

On August 29, when the city received more than 300mm rainfall, most of these places were flooded.

The proposed pumping station in Dadar (West) will help reducing water-logging at Hindmata, one of the chronic flood prone areas, where water was nearly waist high during the recent deluge.

While the Britannia pumping station draws out water from Hindmata, the distance between Reay Road and Dadar increases the time for the water to recede. A senior civic official from the SWD department of BMC, who did not wish to be named, said, “We have already eliminated 14 flooding spots between Byculla (East) and Dadar through Britannia. The Dadar (West) pumping station will provide further relief to Hindmata.”

Similarly, the mini-pumping station at Dharavi will give some relief to nearby areas of Sion and Matunga. The Central railway line had to be suspended due to water logging on the Sion railway station, during the last deluge cutting off services from Central Mumbai to suburbs. The Charni Road mini-pumping station will further eliminate water-logging at Girgaum and Grant Road (East), the official said.

It is only after the deluge that brought Mumbai to a standstill, officials from SWD have been asked to look into the Dadar (West) mini-pumping station on priority. However, officials said that the major delay in all projects is owing to land-acquisition. “The two major pumping stations at Mahul and Mogra are also stuck in land-acquisition. However, we are looking at starting work on the Dadar (West) pumping station now.”

First Published: Sep 10, 2017 01:00 IST