12 spots won't flood, claims BMC
If the municipal corporation is to be believed, at least 12 chronic flooding spots will not get inundated when it pours this year.mumbai Updated: Jun 03, 2011 01:42 IST
If the municipal corporation is to be believed, at least 12 chronic flooding spots will not get inundated when it pours this year.
Last year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had identified 267 waterlogging spots in the city, but this year, the number has reduced to 255.
Thanks to the newly constructed pumping stations, the BMC has struck off its list of flood-prone areas JVPD Scheme, Four Bungalows, Seven Bungalows, Versova, Slater Road at Grant Road, Nana Chowk, Tardeo, Mumbai Central, Saat Rasta near Mahalaxmi, King's Circle, Milan Subway and Surve Chowk at Kurla, said sources from the storm water drain department.
"Milan Subway at Santacruz, which would get submerged under waist-deep water even after average rainfall, will not get flooded this year because we have created a culvert for the excess water to flow out," said an official from the storm water drain department.
But the BMC is yet to make an official announcement.
Laxman Vhatkar, chief engineer of the storm water drain department, said: "Last year, we had commissioned pumping stations on a trial basis. This monsoon, the pumping stations will be commissioned completely. The 12 flood-prone spots will be under observation for a month, and then delisted."
Over the years, the BMC has been taking several measures to avoid flooding. "The BMC has installed small water pumps at various places, and constructed pumping stations at Irla in Vile Parle (West) and Haji Ali in south Mumbai, to discharge the excess rainwater into the creek and sea respectively," said a senior civic official, on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.
This monsoon, the BMC plans to deploy 196 pumps at 186 spots to discharge excess rainwater into the sea. Also, control rooms will be set up in all 24 ward offices and local rescue teams formed.
The municipal corporation has also made available an emergency cash provision of Rs1 lakh for each ward.
The BMC has also spent around Rs65 crore to clean nullahs (open drains) and storm water drains this year.
The civic administration has claimed that since April 25, more than 90% of the desilting work is complete.