Mumbai: With monsoon expected to arrive in the city in a couple of days, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has readied a flood response team to monitor the city beaches. The team is led by the fire department.
Rough seas with high tides is common during monsoons in Mumbai. During this period, citizens are asked to stay away from the seas. In fact, fishermen are also told not to their boats to the high seas. But despite such warnings, youngsters often rush to the beaches
to have fun, especially take selfies.
Chief Fire officer PS Rahangadale said his team has all necessary measures in place to save lives during such situations. “One officer and four firemen along with lifeguards will be available on the six beaches in the city.” The beaches are Girgaon Chowpatty, Dadar Chowpatty, Juhu beach, Versova beach, Aksa beach and Gorai beach.
“The rescue teams will be guarding in two shifts. However, flood rescue teams will be deployed only on the days of high tides, when showers are heavy and on weekends when crowds are uncontrollable,” fire officer Umesh Palande said. He added that on normal days, lifeguards will be available 24×7.
The flood response team comprises 120 members who are trained to handle powerboats. Sufficient life-jackets have been provided to each rescue team on all the six beaches by the BMC.
Aksa beach is considered one of the city’s most dangerous beach because of its variety of waves. Gorai and Juhu beaches are considered dangerous because of the rocky nature.