Free Press Journal

Mumbai Rains: Crores spent on procurement of pumps, flowed into the floods


Photo by BL SONI

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Storm Water and Drain Management Department (SWDM) even after procurring around than 313 dewatering pumps so as to install at various low lying areas of the city during heavy rainfall failed to avoid water logging in the city. Many parts of the Mumbai submerged under water areas like Dadar tt, Parel, Sion, King Circle, Pedder road, Bandra Railway station, Kurla railway station, Kurla Ambedkar Road, Sion railway station, Hindamata, Andheri Subway, Dadar  Phool (flower) market experienced knee length water.

On Tuesday the city experienced heavy spells. The Mumbai Weather officials of the Indian Metrological Department  (IMD) warned northern part of Maharashtra that is Mumbai, Thane, Raigad to experience extremely heavy rainfall.

In five hours  IMD recorded more than 100millimeterr of rainfall at 11 places of the city. Out of which at one place 177 mm rainfall recorded and at other four places 150 mm rainfall was recorded which as per IMD comes under heavy rainfall category (64.55mm – 115.5mm). However, the Municipal corporation officials claimed that they installed 217 water pumps and six other major pumping stations named Haji Ali, Irla (Juhu), Love Grove and Cleveland Bunder (both at Worli), Britannia (Reay Road), Gajdarbandh (Khardanda) pumping stations were operational.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar when questioned regarding shoddy nullah cleaning work and apathy of civic body to protect city from submerging  he denied and rather claimed that all necessary precautions were taken in advance. But due to continuous rainfall and natural calamity the low lying areas got affected badly. Hence, they have requested Mumbaikars not to move out of their home, until its very urgent.

In addition, the BMC SWDM also claimed that before monsoon all major nullahs cleaning work got completed. While Mumbai police on twitter send alerts to the citizens regarding traffic diversion. South bound traffic towards Matunga was diverted to Wadala at 1:30 pm due to water logging at Eastern Express Highway Amarmahal, S G Barve road and VN Purav road. Similarly, around 180 tree falling complaint was received by BMC Disaster Management (DM) Department. Wherein Saath Rasta road of Worli and Churchgate junction experienced heavy traffic congestion due to tree fall. Also at 16 places complaints of short circuit was received.

Also Andheri Subway saw major water logging in morning but by late evening BMC managed to unlog the area. While at Kurla and Andheri railway station water removal work was actively going on as per the reports given by BMC officials.

Suraj Chavan who came to Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) from Thane while speaking to the Free Press Journal said that it took him two hours to reach to the Mumbai city through railway. However, as local services suspended due to water on tracks and roadways  have heavy traffic he has left with no other option rather going to his nearby friends house for shelter.