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Mithi river rising even when there is no high tide should be wake-up call for Mumbai: BJP MLA

The former minister urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to immediately convene a meeting of all political parties, elected representatives and experts to discuss and find a solution to the crisis.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: July 20, 2021 8:44:38 am
A view of Mithi river and flooded region at Kurla from BKC in Mumbai. (Express file photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Flooding in Mithi river and Bhandup water treatment plant should be a wake-up call for Mumbai, and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should immediately convene a meeting of all elected representatives, academics, and experts to find a solution to the crisis that has left the city partially paralysed, said Bandra (West) BJP MLA Ashish Shelar on Monday.

Shelar said, “Increased water levels in Mithi river even when there is no high tide is a serious matter. The water level did not recede as expected. This is unusual,” adding, “for the first time, the water treatment plant at Bhandup had to be shut down due to flooding in its vicinity.”

The MLA further said in the last 25 years, he had never seen flooding in Mithi river during a time when there was no high tide, and this needed to be studied.

“The water in Mithi river often flows into the sea. If incessant rain coincides with high tide, it occasionally sees increase in water levels. But the past two days, we saw a different picture. The river water was dangerously rising and entering adjoining residential localities,” he added.

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He also said on July 26, 2005, Mumbai witnessed the worst floods, but even in such an adverse situation, the Bhandup water treatment plant remained unaffected.

Holding the BMC administration responsible for the loss of lives during the monsoon, Shelar said, “The BMC had boasted that it completed 112 per cent cleaning of drains. If that was true, why did water logging take place? Why did 31 people die?”

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First published on: 19-07-2021 at 06:06:12 pm

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