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Pumping station to dewater Mumbai’s Khar, Santacruz to be ready in May 2018, says BMC

The firm has missed two deadlines — May 31 and June 9 — since the work began in 2014.

mumbai Updated: Oct 07, 2017 00:14 IST
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Hindustan Times
Work in progress at Guzderband Pumping Station in Mumbai.
Work in progress at Guzderband Pumping Station in Mumbai. (Shashi S Kashyap/ Hindustan Times)

The firm responsible for running the Guzderbandh pumping station, which had come under fire after Khar and Santacruz areas flooded this year during the heaviest ever September rainfall, has received a final deadline from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Coproration (BMC) to complete the station: April 31, 2018.

Officials from the BMC said more than 50 per cent of construction is remaining at Guzderbandh.The station will dewater areas in Khar Danda, Khira Nagar and Santacruz (West).

The firm has missed two deadlines — May 31 and June 9 — since the work began in 2014.

In a meeting with the company’s representatives on Friday, the BMC’s stormwater drains department decided to grant the extension based on the company’s performance in the next month. V H Khandkar, deputy chief engineer of Western suburbs, told HT that fines surpassing 20 per cent of the cost had been levied on the firm after the first two deadlines.

“The contractor has been asked to submit a work schedule of not beyond April 31, 2018. We will be monitoring the work weekly thereafter,” added Khandkar. HT had reported in June that there was a delay in getting permissions for the project from the mangrove cell.

“Jay Bharat CHS and neighbouring Khar areas get floodwater every year from Pali Hill. These areas will be safe only when the number of drains is increased,” said Rahul Pai, secretary of Jay Bharat CHS. On September 19, the suburbs recorded 101.6mm rain in just three hours.

According to the firm’s construction head, the pumping station on completion shall pump out 36,000 litres of water per second. “We have applied for an extension. If we get approval, the pumps should start before monsoon next year,” he said.

The firm faced ire from the civic body last month for negligence in maintenance of the pumping station at Irla which caused Juhu and JVPD areas to flood. That was a temporary problem and has been solved, confirmed officials.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 00:13 IST