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Monsoon mayhem,year after year

Patients of KEM hospital face inconvenience during monsoon every year,finds Gautam S Mengle.

Written by Gautam Mengle | Mumbai | Published: October 29, 2013 3:37:58 am

The F-south ward in central Mumbai,spanning over an area of 14 sq-km,houses over 4.75 lakh people. The major concerns of the ward,which comprises five railway stations,the KEM hospital and the BDD chawls are waterlogging,old buildings and garbage disposal. To ensure that there is minimum waterlogging during the monsoon,a considerable amount of the funds allocated to corporators was spent on cleaning and repairing drainage pipes. Besides,old buildings were renovated to prevent untoward incidents and fresh contracts were issued for disposing garbage,which had accumulated in the ward for over three months.

The ward also attracts heavy footfall because of the presence of the KEM hospital and Tata Memorial Hospital in its jurisdiction.

Vehicles travelling from central Mumbai towards south of the city need to pass via the Hindmata junction in Parel. This junction is known to be one of the worst affected stretches during the monsoon. Installation of de-watering pumps and repairing stormwater drain pipes to prevent waterlogging at the junction started two months ago.

“Work has recently begun at the junction to prevent waterlogging. It was supposed to be complete by June 2014. Tenders were issued twice. However,since there was no response from contractors,the process took time. It is now expected that the project will be complete by 2015,” said corporator Sunil More of ward number 198.

Every year,the area around KEM hospital is affected by waterlogging. “Water outside the main gate of the hospital inconvenience the patients and the hospital staff. Vendors on the footpaths only add to the chaos,” said Arun Patil (name changed on request),an employee of the hospital.

A stormwater drain project has been approved at the Kailash Lassi junction outside the Dadar railway station. The project will begin on November 17.

It has also been demanded that foot-over-bridges be constructed at the junction of the KEM hospital and the 500-metre-stretch between the Dadar TT flyover and the Hindmata flyover.

“There have been several accidents in that stretch caused by speeding vehicles. Initially,I had demanded a subway. However,I was told that it was not possible to construct one. Now,I have demanded foot-over-bridges as this problem needs to be solved,” More said.

This year,corporators’ funds were also utilised on repairing footpaths and toilets in the ward.

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