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58 spots added to city’s list of landslide-prone areas

State government and BMC barricaded an area in Gilbert Hill, Andheri, on Tuesday. (Source: Express photo by Vasant Prabhu) State government and BMC barricaded an area in Gilbert Hill, Andheri, on Tuesday. (Source: Express photo by Vasant Prabhu)
Express News Service | Mumbai | Posted: August 6, 2014 1:25 am

After a major landslide in Chembur last week claimed the life of a six-year-old boy, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has released a new list of landslide-prone areas, in which 58 additional spots have been identified.

In the wake of the tragedy, the civic body’s disaster management cell ordered the 24 administrative ward offices in the city to carry out a fresh audit of landslide-prone areas across Mumbai.

Civic data now shows that there are 321 landslide-prone spots across the city, a maximum of which, 188, have been identified on privately owned plots. About 94 areas have been identified on Collector land, 31 spots on municipal-owned land, six on land belonging to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Agency (MHADA), and two in forest department land.

Earlier, as part of its monsoon preparation, the corporation had identified 263 landslide-prone spots across the city.

“After the recent incident, we decided to get information from all ward offices on the number of landslide spots in each zone as a precautionary measure,” said a civic official from the disaster management department.

According to the survey, S-ward, which covers Bhandup and parts of Kanjurmarg, has the maximum number of landslide hotspots at 163.

About 150 of these are located on private land. The danger spots include the slums on J M Road, Shivskati Society and areas near Gaodevi Tekadi.

The second highest number of landslide-prone spots have been identified in N-ward, which covers the regions of Ghatkopar and Vikhroli where 43 dangerous landslide-prone areas have been identified on land belonging to the state Collectorate.

Other areas with a high number of landslide-prone spots include D-ward (17 areas), which includes the neighbourhoods of Malabar Hill, Grant Road and Tardeo, P-North ward covering Malad, and L-ward comprising Kurla (16 spots).

“Ward offices have been asked to issue notices to the owners of the respective landslide-prone areas and have been instructed to begin preventive work here,” the disaster management official said.

mumbai.newsline@expressindia.com

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