In order to solve the issues of water-logging during monsoon, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will install 323 dewatering pumps across the city. Every year, BMC installs these pumps at locations where flooding becomes a major problem during monsoon. This year, on Western Railways demand, higher-capacity pumps (1,000 cubic metre per hour) will also be installed at Bandra Railway station to battle disruption of plying of trains.
The pumps, which are usually installed for a period of four-and-half months from May 25, 2019, will cost about Rs. 25 crore. The work for the installation of pumps has been began at few locations. “Totally 323 pumps will be installed, however after demand from railways at Chamdawadi nullahs in Bandra East, a higher capacity of 1000 cubic metre/h will be installed. We used to install four pumps of 240 cubic metre/h capacity, however, this year that plan has changed. The Chamdawadi nullah causes water logging at areas like S.V. Road from Bandra East to Khar East, National College, etc,” said a civic officer told Asian Age.
Places like Andheri, Dahisar, Malad, Khar, King’s circle, Hindmata, Parel East, Sion Koliwada, Dharavi, Sandhurst Road, Wadala Station, Kurla LBS Road and Chembur’s Postal colony are among some of the crucial places where these pumps will be installed.