The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in its pre-monsoon survey has identified 213 spots that are prone to waterlogging. Of these 40 are chronic flooding spots. Civic officials said,the number of chronic flooding spots has increased in the city.
Due to repair work of the storm water drains,areas of Grant Road,Tardeo will see less flooding,while continous road repair work,Metro and Monorail work in the suburbs will add to further flooding and waterlogging,officials said.
According to BMC data,every year,the chronic spots include Milan Subway,Hindmata Junction,Sion Road no 24,Andheri Subway,Khar Subway,Chemburs 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,Central Railway subway.
The civic body has planned to instal over 230 de-watering pumps across the 213 flooding spots. Some flooding spots will have more than two pumps,officials said.
In yet another pre-monsoon preparedness plan,BMC has asked mobile operators to allow the civic body to send bulk messages in times of disasters.
Manisha Mhaiskar,Additional Municipal Commissioner,said,Though sending bulk messages is banned but in times of heavy rains,the civic body will need to communicate with the citizens. We have also requested multi-channel operators such as Hathway to display tickers.
With a view to make its disaster management more efficient,the civic body has asked mobile operators to provide better cellphone network to all civic officials including municipal commissioner,additional municipal commissioners,ward level officials,disaster cell officials,fire brigade officials,storm water drain officials and even police and other law and order personnel in times of disaster situations during monsoon.
The civic body will also deploy six fire brigade teams which will be on high alert across the city. Along with a team of 36 life guards across the city beaches,nine teams from the Indian Navy will be deployed at various disaster control stations to handle chronic flooding or other disasters during monsoon.
The BMC will launch its monsoon website on June 1 with all monsoon related informations. The civic body is also planning a facebook page to interact with citizens who want information regarding monsoon.
We will display high tide days,chronic flooding spots,disaster control information etc to facilitate a hassle free monsoon for the citizens, said Mahesh Narvekar,chief officer,disaster cell,BMC.