BMC believes fewer spots in the city will be left inundated in the upcoming monsoon. Civic authorities claim they have brought down the number of spots prone to chronic flooding from 55 to 40 spots a difference of 15 major flood-prone areas in the island city and western suburbs.
Every year,the civic stormwater drains (SWD) department,in a pre-monsoon survey,identifies areas prone to waterlogging. On an average,over 213 flooding spots are identified of which over 50 are considered major. With work on the Haji Ali and Irla pumping stations completed,the civic body believes areas such as Grant Road and Tardeo in the island city,and areas such as Khar Subway,Irla,Vile Parle,Bandrekar Wadi,Navrang Cinema,JP Road in the western suburbs will experience lesser inundation.
Major repair work on the sewer lines,culverts and the Haji Ali and Irla pumping stations,has been completed. This will positively affect many of the usual spots near Vile Parle,Mumbai Central and Grant Road, said deputy municipal commissioner and chief engineer (stormwater drains) L S Vhatkar.
However,Vhatkar admitted Hindmata junction in Dadar,Milan subway in the western suburbs and the area near Kurla station,and Chemburs Shell Colony in the eastern suburbs will continue to be identified as major flooding spots. These are low-lying areas and we have not been able to finish all the necessary work in these areas this year but with on-going desilting work on the drains,we still expect to reduce the impact of the rains here. The other spots of the total 213 experience minor flooding and our desilting work should minimise problems, said Vhatkar.
He added that this year,the SWD department had commissioned 160 de-watering pumps to be placed at various locations around the city. We will place additional pumps at the major flooding spots where more preventive work could not have been done. In fact near Hindmata Junction and Milan Subway,we have commissioned four pumps each, said Vhatkar.