Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner, in coordination with Central Railway officials carried out an inspection to ensure that local trains, the city’s lifeline, run smoothly during monsoon and the tracks are not flooded. BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has asked the Railway officials to ensure that all measures are in place and nallahs are unclogged before monsoon.
Railway officials said that most of the preparations were over before June 1, the deadline. Officials said that within this week all the rakes and stations were likely to be ready to tackle monsoon. De-silting of 79 culverts had already been done.
Mehta reviewed the stretch from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Kalyan and the Harbour line from CST to Mankhurd. Mehta, along with Amitabh Ojha, Divisional Railway Manager (Central Railway ) and other senior officials inspected critical sites.
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“We held discussions on monsoon preparedness. Next week, we will meet to ensure that debris do not lead to flooding of railway tracks. We are providing 16 water pumps to railways this monsoon,” said Mehta.
The joint inspection by BMC and Railway authorities was taking place after several years. While identifying critical zones, Railway and BMC officials noticed that debris from slums along the tracks choke nallahs and lead to flooding.
Ojha and Mehta will meet next week to resolve the matter of slums along railway lines.
“Mehta inspected Vaalpakhadi nallah near Masjid Bunder station between Sandurst Road and Byculla stations, the main nallahs at Sion and Kurla stations, a recently developed nallah at Carshed and nallahs at Kanjurmarg and Mulund stations. He said debris in nallahs should be regularly removed during monsoon and all nallahs across these railway stations cleaned by June 15,” said a source.
“Every monsoon, commuters complain about leaky roofs of trains and stations. Almost 95 % of the repair work has been completed. Each rake is inspected to ensure there is no leakage. We will fill joints with water resistant materials. All this cannot be done during monsoon,” said Ojha.