AS THE city is all set to welcome the monsoon, the disaster management department has identified 12 wards which are vulnerable to flooding and other adverse effects of heavy rainfall. The ward officials have been instructed to take added measures to ensure minimum impact in case flooding occurs.
The 12 wards, including D, E, H East, K West, K West, P South, P North, R South, R North, L , M East and S wards, have been marked as risky as they include landslide-prone areas, flooding spots and a lot of dilapidated buildings. There are a total of 284 landslide-prone areas in the city. The maximum number, 161, lie in L ward, which includes areas like Kurla. The ward officials have issued warning notices to buildings like private schools, located at the flooding spots, and dilapidated or dangerous buildings.
In L ward, notices have been issued to the residents of hilly areas, warning about possible landslides due to heavy rainfall, especially since the city is expected to receive above average rainfall, this year.
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“We have issued 2,201 warning notices to residents of Kasaiwada, Hanuman Tekdi and Sangharsh Nagar. We have also taken up demolition of illegal constructions which have recently cropped up in the past three days. We have severed electricity and water connections to at least 16-17 structures and are in the process of manually demolishing these structures,” said Ajit Ambi, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, L ward.
Another ward official added that electricity and water connections to 77 dilapidated buildings in L ward, out of a total of 111, had been severed. “We gave a letter to the police, last month, telling them that evacuation needed to be conducted in 66 buildings. But no action has been taken so far,” said the official.
Similar action has been taken in case of dangerous buildings in E ward. The electricity and water connections to four buildings have been severed. “Eviction notices have been issued to 18 buildings in the ward. However, even though temporary accommodation has been offered by the BMC at Mahul, people have refused to move out. Thus we have initiated action against four buildings,” said Kishore Desai, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, E ward. He added that as per a recent order of the Supreme Court, at least 220 tenants living in three of the dilapidated buildings at Tadwadi would be evicted on Monday.
Desai added that Western Railways was yet to clean three culverts within Mumbai Central Railway premises. “The stormwater drains line goes to the Haji Ali SWD pumping station through Mumbai Central Railway premises where the railway authorities are yet to complete the desilting of three culverts. If this is not done in time, there may be flooding on the railway tracks as well as in the nearby areas,” he said.
The highest tide of the monsoon season, this year, at 4.91 metres will hit the city on Monday. According to the data provided by the disaster management department, there will be a total of 24 high tide days.
“We have alerted the fire brigade, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Mumbai police about these days. Representatives from 14 agencies will be present in the control room on all the 24 days for three hours before and after the estimated timings of the high tide to minimise response time in case of emergencies,” said an official from the disaster management department. According to predictions, the highest number of high tide days would be on July, followed by August.