After its disastrous management of the city’s flooding spots last year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to increase the number of de-watering pumps to be installed in various areas to prevent inundation during the monsoon season.
Among the 244 de-watering pumps to be placed across Mumbai, 24 pumps will be stationed at each of the city’s ward offices as a stand-by.
“Last year, we got complaints from many areas that the number of water pumps installed were not adequate. So we are making use of extra de-watering pumps in the city. The pumps, will be put in place by May 24 and will be manned by two persons each,” said L S Vhatkar, chief engineer, storm water drains (SWD) department.
In 2013, the BMC had installed 220 de-watering pumps in 180 locations. It was more than the 213 de-watering pumps used in 200 locations the previous year.
This year, the department has said it will install extra pumps in the A (Colaba, Fort, Churchgate), L (Kurla), H (Bandra, Khar and Santacruz) and P/North (Malad) wards, from where a majority of the water-logging complaints were received.
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The civic body has also identified 40 chronic flooding spots this year, showing a significant reduction from the 52 identified in 2013.
As per BMC data, every year, the chronic spots include Milan Subway, Hindmata Junction, Sion Road no 24, Andheri Subway, Khar Subway, Chembur’s Shell Colony, Irla, Vile Parle, Bandrekar Wadi, Navrang Cinema, JP Road, Milan Subway, VM Road, JVPD, Motilal Nagar, Cama Industrial Estate, SV Road, Dahisar Chowk, Thakur Complex, Nehru Nagar, LBS Marg, Gavanpada and Central Railway subway.
BMC also claims it has completed nearly 70 per cent desilting work of nullahs in the island city, eastern and western suburbs. The BMC started the work of nullah desilting in April along with the Mithi river desilting work and after a sluggish start has now extended the deadline for work completion from May 31 to June 5. As per civic data, the progress of Mithi river desilting stands at 71.73 per cent.
“We are planning to finish de-silting of nullahs all over the city by June 5, before the onset of monsoon. Work in some areas such as Hindmata and King Circle is in progress and will be finished soon,” Vhatkar added.