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Heavy spell of rain floods city yet again

Commuters complain, civic officials say waterlogging because rainfall was higher than capacity of drainage system

Heavy rains lead to waterlogging in Gandhi market in Sion on Saturday. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar, Mumbai, 02/07/2016 Heavy rains led to waterlogging in Gandhi Market area of Sion on Saturday, with vehicles and pedestrians finding it hard to negotiate their way through the deluge. Express Photo by Prashant Nadkar

DESPITE THE inauguration of a pumping station to prevent waterlogging at various spots where it is chronic, a day of heavy rain on Saturday could not prevent flooding in the city. Areas including Hindmata, Parel TT, Sion, Gandhi market and Dhobi Talao in South Mumbai witnessed waterlogging after a heavy spell of rain. The Britannia pumping station at Reay Road, inaugurated last week by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, was expected to control waterlogging in areas such as Hindmata, Lalbaug, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road and Byculla.

Officials from the storm water drains department said that waterlogging occurred in the city since the amount of rainfall received was above the capacity of the drainage system. As per India Meteorological Department, between 8.30am and 8.30pm on Saturday, Colaba received 36.2mm of rain, while Santacruz received 86mm rain.

“The system is designed to handle 55 mm. However, the city received around 100 mm rainfall,” said Laxman Vhatkar, chief engineer of storm water drains department.

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He added that the drainage capacity of water flowing out in the island city is only 25 mm per hour. “The drains in the city are underground which cannot be widened and the city area is also impacted by the tidal effect. Thus, even though four pumps were running at Britannia pumping station, there was waterlogging in areas like Hindmata and Parel,” he said. Areas including Chembur and Vikhroli in the eastern suburbs and Vakola, Bandra, Kandivali, Malad, Andheri and Goregaon in the western suburbs also reported waterlogging.

The eastern suburbs received the maximum average rainfall of 56.01mm with Kurla receiving the maximum of 78 mm. In the western suburbs, Kandivli received 55.85 mm. Wadala in the island city received overall rainfall of 98.79 mm. The heavy showers disrupted train services with each of the three rail networks, Harbour, Central and Western, reporting a delay of 15-30 minutes.

BEST buses too had to be diverted on five routes where there was waterlogging including Hindmata flyover, Maheshwari Udyan, National college in Bandra.

As per data provided by the BMC, 244 potholes were reported in the city with the highest in western suburbs at 134. Of these, the BMC claimed to have attended to 203. A total of 55 incidents of tree collapse were reported across the city and suburbs.

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A common compound wall between R-Mall in Mulund and another building collapsed due to heavy rain. Three people were injured in the accident, while nine cars parked got damaged due to a wall collapse.

An accident took place on Eastern Express Highway Near Amar Mahal, Chembur after a truck reportedly overturned on spilled oil and fell on a car. The four injured persons have been taken to the hospital, no one has been reported grievously injured. An SUV also turned turtle on the northbound of the Bandra Worli Sea Link, reportedly after skidding while over speeding, injuring one. IMD officials forecast intermittent showers in the city on Sunday with heavy to very heavy spells of rain expected in some parts.

The suburbs of Thane and Navi Mumbai witnessed more rainfall than Mumbai on Saturday. The average rainfall in Navi Mumbai was 85.65 with the suburbs of Vashi receiving the maximum of 107mm of rain. In Thane city, the average rainfall was 94 mm.

First published on: 03-07-2016 at 02:14:21 am
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