Mumbai rains: BMC holds citizens responsible for waterlogging problem
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Mumbai: On Day 4 of heavy rains in Mumbai, people continued to be bogged down by waterlogging in Sion, Matunga, King’s Circle, Gandhi Market, Hindmata in Dadar, Parel, National College in Bandra, Postal Colony and Chembur Camp.

But Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) feels that citizens too are responsible for this problem. At a press conference, deputy commissioner Chandrashekhar Chore said there was no waterlogging in the city. Chore further blamed the citizens for the problem.

“People throw plastic bottles, garbage, cotton etc in the gutters, so as a result the gutters and nullahs get choked, which causes waterlogging. Because of the plastic waste, dewatering pumps stop working.” However, he praised Mumbai Police and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for their support in monitoring the traffic and for crowd management during the heavy rains.

Further, said Chore, the entire rainfall for June was recorded in just the last four days of the month. The maximum amount of rain was recorded in Worli on Monday, 213mm, while in Colaba, it was 92.6mm and at Santacruz, it was 91.9mm.

There were 19 complaints of wall collapses in the city on Monday. Nine of these were reported in the city, seven in the eastern suburbs and six in the western suburb. Luckily, there were no casualties reported. Ninety-seven incidents of tree fall were reported, of which 46 were in the city, 12 in western suburbs and 39 in the eastern suburbs. No casualties were reported.

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