Civic body identifies 16 new flooding spots

Friday downpour leaves areas in Malad, Andheri subway and Hindmata in Dadar flooded.

Written by Anjali Lukose | Mumbai | Updated: July 12, 2014 8:36:59 am
waterlogging A waterlogged area in south Mumbai on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Following the July 2 downpour when many areas of the city were left flooded after 150 mm of rainfall, the BMC has identified 16 new spots that saw water-logging due to low drainage capacity and encroachments, besides bad de-silting. These 16 spots are in addition to the already identified 113 chronic flooding spots.

“Twelve of them saw water-logging because of problems of drainage capacity while four were water-logged due to encroachment and improper de-silting work,” S V R Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner, said.

According to BMC, the new flooding spots have been identified at Malad and Andheri subway and Hindmata area at Dadar. The Britannia storm water pumping station at Reay Road should take care of the water-logging at Hindamata.

“We concentrated on these 16 new spots and compared with the situation at these spots last year on heavy rainfall days such as June 9, 10. How come no flooding occurred here last year? We looked at hour-wise rainfall and found out the causes of flooding,” Srinivas said. “Our catchment engineers are compiling data on the water-logging patterns and this activity is being carried out for the first time, so it will take some time.”

India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded 60 mm rainfall at Santacruz and 23.3 mm at Colaba on Friday. Though the rainfall on Friday was one-third of what the city received on July 2, there was heavy water-logging at Hindmata, Parel TT, Worli, Sion in the island city and Ghatkopar, Kurla, Chembur and Bandra, Malad in the eastern and western suburbs, according to the civic body’s disaster management cell.

Srinivas has also directed the BMC’s storms water drains (SWD) department to issue a notice to Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd for rainwater leaking from the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) Metro corridor, causing water-logging in Andheri. “I have asked my team to send the notice as the water has no place to go as it is not connected to the storm water drains and is causing water-logging,” said L S Vhatkar, chief engineer, SWD department.

Despite the garden department having started trimming trees since January this year, about 28 tree-falling incidents were also reported on Friday.

“We have begun trimming trees since January this year and the number of tree falls have in fact gone down this year,” said Vijay Hire, superintendent of gardens.

Wall collapse delays trains for 2nd day

MUMBAI: A wall collapse near the down line near Sandhurst Road railway station at 12.50 pm Friday slowed down trains, confirmed officials. There was no casualty as the collapse was reported on time by a points-man at the station. On Thursday morning, a portion of the retaining wall had collapsed on the down slow line, disrupting suburban services on the main line of Central Railway.
Activist Sulaiman Bhimani alleged criminal negligence on part of the authorities. He claims, in a letter to the Ministry of Railways, Chief Minster and Municipal Commissioner, in October 2013, he had informed about deep cracks on the boundary wall near Sandhurst Road station, but no action was taken.
“Due to rains we cannot reconstruct the boundary wall. As soon as there is a dry spell we will begin work,” said a CR officer.  A MHADA building adjacent to the wall was evacuated on Friday.    (ENS)

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