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Ready for rains,says civic body

Two days after the city received its first pre-monsoon showers,the Brihnamumbai Municipal Corporation...

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
May 23, 2009 1:27:15 am

Two days after the city received its first pre-monsoon showers,the Brihnamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday said that flooding (number of days) in the city have increased over the past two years mainly due to the rise in population. To save Mumbaikars from any untoward incident,the civic body is going full throttle with nullah cleaning,constructing pumping stations,keeping a check on dilapidated buildings and strengthening its disaster management communication system.

Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak on Friday said that number of days of flooding has been on the rise for the past two years. “Though number of days when more than 75 mm rainfall is seen has not increased,the number of days on which flooding is reported has increased,” said Phatak.

According to him,the laying of water supply network,roads and construction of buildings are the main reasons for drains getting blocked. Hence,cleaning of drains is important. Civic officials stated that around 85% of desilting work has been completed in the city while 88% of the work has been completed in the eastern and western suburbs.

The BMC says it will commission two pumping stations at Haji Ali and Irla in Vile Parle. But these will be ready only in the middle of the monsoon season,provided that there are no further delays.

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The pumps,if commissioned,will throw out water into the deep sea preventing the storm water drains from overflowing and causing flooding. This year with the meteorology department predicting high tides on many days,these pumps would be beneficial.

“The Haji Ali pumping station will bring relief to areas like Grant Road,Sleater Road,Nana Chowk and Mumbai Central,while pumping station at Irla will bring relief to the JVPD scheme stretch at Vile Parle,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner R A Rajeev. Apart from this,BMC will construct pumping stations in Cleave Land Bunder and Love Growe in next year.

The civic body has identified 239 private dilapidated buildings across the city. It has issued notices to 222 buildings,razed nine buildings and evacuted people from eight buildings in the city.

“People do not want to get out of these houses despite their dilapidated condition. This proves a challenge,” said Phatak.

Similarly,the BMC has identified 44 of their buildings as dilapidated. People from nine such buildings have been evacuated. Also,the civic body has issued notices to six buildings and referred 28 buildings to their departments.

Finally,the civic body has also activated its ward level control room,which will have all the facilities like sophisticated communication system such as telephone hot lines and additional mobile lines.

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