In order to monitor flooding, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to install CCTV cameras at 91 flood-prone locations. This will help the civic body to monitor the situation on the ground during rains.
According to the Indian Express, this year, pre-monsoon inspections by the civic body found that there are 225 flooding spots in the city. Of these, 134 spots are already covered by the Mumbai Police and BMC’s CCTV camera network. A BMC official told the leading daily, “Recently, at a meeting organised by the disaster management cell with other agencies, civic officials discussed 91 flooding spots in the city that are not covered by CCTV camera network. Since the Mumbai Police already have plans to install additional CCTV cameras, then these 91 spots could be included.”
The 91 flood-prone locations include areas like Byculla, Worli, Bandra, Santa Cruz, Andheri, Malad, Ghatkopar, Bhandup, and Mulund. The civic body feels that if they monitor these areas via CCTV they will be able to mobilise assistance. An official from the disaster management cell told the Indian Express, “On June 28, when there was heavy rainfall and complaints of water-logging started pouring in, CCTV footage gave us real-time updates. It was most helpful in tackling flooding at Hindmata and Andheri subway.”
According to private weather forecaster, Skymet, rains in the city are expected to get intense starting from the night of July 3 wherein hefty showers will be seen as the weather system which formed in the Bay will move towards the West Coast leading to heavy showers.