Vasai : The Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) should be applauded for its successful efforts to rescue the 72 odd villagers stuck at different places in the Vasai east coast.
VVMC rescue team reached the almost flooded areas in Vasai East Coast, which were cut-off by the incessant rains resulting in more than waist-height water, and relentlessly continued their rescue operations for more than nine hours. The VVMC would have earned more goodwill had their corporators been visible during the rescue operations.
People who had requested for rains to the rain-god, have now taken a u-turn. They are now requesting for a break, for things to settle down. Incessant rains continued to lash Vasai taluka for the third consecutive day which has brought the entire taluka to a stand-still.
Even though the civic body has some flaws it would have taken any civic body to be more than 100 percent professional to tackle such calamity-like rains.
In fact, if showers remain consistent for more than 12 hours then there would be a flood scare for more than nine villages like Navsai, Chandip, Khaniwada, Parol, Saivan, Medha, Usgao, Shirvali, Bhatane which accounts to more than 25,000 people. The situation became worse because of high tide in the noon.
Ram Vayeda, an officer from Tehsil who was overseeing rescue operations, said that the rescue operations were on and administration will save everyone.
Suresh Ranged, a local completely unhappy with the civic body’s pre-monsoon preparations, said, “The pre-monsoon preparations have not been done appropriately. There are no officials on the spot and if rains continue then there could be a flood like situation and will affect around 25,000 people. Few villages have already been cut-off as the roads are under knee-deep water. In case of emergency it would be very tough for medical aid to reach these affected villagers.”
There has been no respite to the urban residents of Vasai taluka like Vasai, Virar and Nallasopara as there was knee-height water at most of the places. Hundreds of people were stranded near station area as there were no transport options with more than half of the rickshaws were affected by this monsoon. The others were extorting four-times the fare from passengers taking undue advantage of this situation.