April 22, 2016 2:00:56 am
While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has claimed that Hindmata junction in Dadar, the Lalbaug locality and surrounding areas will be free of flooding this monsoon, residents have mixed reactions to the claims. Hindmata, Lalbaug, Kalachowkie, Dr Ambedkar Road, Byculla (East) and surrounding areas are chronic water logging spots every monsoon. “I have been seeing the work that has been going on for long. It would be really good if it’s functional this monsoon. But, I’m not sure how effective it will be,” said Bhavik Shah, resident of Khimavat Sadan in Hindmata.
Another resident, Chetan Nakte, appeared sceptical. “Every year, BMC makes tall claims about making the area less water-logged. All these years, their claims have fallen flat and it has either blamed the heavy rainfall or high tides. We hope that this year they keep their promise,” said Nakte. He further added that BMC should take adequate measures for ensuring that there will be no water logging this year.
“Since the 2005 deluge, the civic body has been carrying out the work of pumping stations. We hope that the Britannia pumping station will be helpful but it needs to seen how the civic body deals with the situation of heavy rainfall coupled with high tide timings,” said Nakte.
Civic officials from the Storm Water Drains department have maintained that the Britannia pumping station will help control floods in the area. The BMC has spent at least Rs 115 crore on construction of the pumping station on a 2,200 sq metre area.
“The capacity of discharging water of the pumping station is 36 cubic m per second. The work of the pumping station will be completed by this month end. We are taking appropriate measures to ensure that there will be less water logging,” said a civic official.
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