Mumbai’s September 19 rain woes: BMC wants pump contractor at Irla to be booked
The 8 pumps at Irla which can push out 6,000 litres of water per second, prevent Juhu and JVPD scheme from flooding during monsoons.mumbai Updated: Sep 27, 2017 23:33 IST
After the Irla pumping station, one of the latest additions to the city’s storm water disposal (BRIMSTOWAD) system in Western suburbs, stopped working on September 19, the civic body has been quick to take action against the contractor running the pumps. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said it asked the Juhu police to register a case against the contractor on Saturday for an act of negligence.
According to civic officials, the pumping station ran out of fuel and was shut down for 3 hours and 21 minutes. This was on the night when Mumbai faced its heaviest September rainfall since 2013.
Pramodkumar Khedkar, deputy chief engineer of storm water department (projects), told HT, “We sent a notice to the contractor three days ago asking for a response and there has been none. A statement has been submitted to the police too.” He said the company has come under fire for the first time in the seven years of its contract.
Sunil Ghosalkar, senior police inspector at Juhu police station, said the First Information Report has not been filed yet. “Inquiry is on. We will see if FIR has to be filed after taking all statements,” said Ghosalkar.
The 8 pumps at Irla which can push out 6,000 litres of water per second, prevent Juhu and JVPD scheme from flooding during monsoons. Citizens had complained of waterlogging on September 19-20 in several places in the radius of the pumping station, including Juhu Tara road, Juhu circle and JVPD.
The contractor is liable to pay a penalty fee for negligence, said Khedkar. The contractor was unreachable for comment.