Mumbai : With monsoon round the corner, railway authorities claim to have completed the pre-monsoon preparation to ensure flood-free tracks. Commuters can expect trains to be on time this monsoon with railways all geared up for its arrival.

Desilting of drains

The otherwise clogged drains have been desilted and cleaned by both the railways prior to the monsoon. On the Central Railway (CR), 48,500 metre of drains on CST-Kanjurmarg Section and 37,660 metre on Kalyan-Kanjurmarg section have been cleaned by the railways.

Setting up of Water Pumps

Low-lying flood prone areas have been identified on the Western Railway while 20 water pumps have been placed on the Central Railway. The CR has placed 11 pumps in the CST-Thane section while another three pumps have been put up in Thane-Kalyan section and the CST-Mankhurd Section have been equipped with six water pumps. WR has installed about 80 diesel pumps at low lying locations such as Marine Lines, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Matunga Road, Mahim, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Nallasopara, Virar etc.

Cleaning of Culverts

The work of cleaning the culverts that carry the water from the East to the West of the station essential to avoid flooding on tracks had been completed by both the suburban zones. While the Western Railway (WR) has completed the desilting and cleaning of all 43 culverts identified as part of the pre-monsoon plan. Work on the 30 culverts on CST-Kanjurmarg section, 13 on Kanjumarg-Thakurli section and 79 on CST-Panvel section have been completed.

The cleaning of the culverts is an ongoing project undertaken by the railways and the BMC, wherein the portion of the drain lying in the railway premises is being taken care by the railways while the remaining section is cleaned by the BMC. The culverts carry water to BPT, Mehul or the Mithi river which is maintained by the BMC.

Precaution for flood-prone areas

Western Railway has identified all flood-prone areas on its section and has set up pumps. More attention will be paid to certain sections which could be flood prone such as Marine Lines and in some places in Charni Road-Grant Road, Mumbai Central, Elphinstone Road, Dadar, Mahim, Bandra-Khar, Andheri-Jogeshwari and Nallasopara-Virar sections.

While on the Central Railway, the flood-prone areas identified include CST, Masjid, Mazgaon, Byculla, Curry Road, Dharavi, Kurla carshed, Vikroli and Nahur.

Both the railways have identified the high tide days wherein the tide is expected to go over 4.5 meters in height. During these 24 days, the railways will especially monitor low-lying areas identified. WR has made a booklet identifying flood-prone areas and the days of high tide during the monsoon and it has been distributed to all the employees for them to on a vigil.

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