Drawing from the flood tunnels of Tokyo, Japan, and the underground ponds of South Korea, civic officials said similar water-retaining structures could also be built in the open spaces in South Mumbai.
Primary investigation has revealed that over a period of time water had started accumulating between the retaining wall and the hill slope causing deterioration in the structural stability of the wall.
The amount of rain that Mumbai experiences has remained unchanged over the last 80 years. The old drainage system, along with Mumbai’s then abundant open spaces, allowed the percolation of water and its faster dispersal.
Breaking its "all-time" record of the highest 24-hour rain in August, the Colaba observatory recorded 293.8 mm rain ending at 8:30 pm on Wednesday -- highest in 46 years. The Colaba observatory was set up in 1841, while the archive data is available from 1974.
Residents of Churchgate and Breach Candy said they had never witnessed waterlogging at this scale in the recent past. They alleged that Metro 3 (Colaba-Seepz) and Coastal Road projects were the cause behind "unprecedented" flooding.
Tiwari, who has come to Mumbai from Patna to investigate the Sushant Singh Rajput suicide case, was asked by the civic body to adhere to the 14-day home quarantine rule laid down air travellers entering Mumbai.
Of the Rs 1,500 crore, BMC has so far paid Rs 500 crore, said BEST officials. However, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the civic body has incurred losses worth Rs 4,000 crore this year. According to its projection, the losses could go up to Rs 14,000 crore this financial year.
The shortfall in revenue has forced the civic body to prepare a plan of cost saving in all departments. A source from the BMC said major departments like roads, storm water drain, sewerage projects, water supply projects, and solid waste management will face cuts in their expenditure.
The move comes in the backdrop of complaints from citizens who had taken exception to the BMC’s decision, issued last week, to seal an entire building located in the western suburbs and restrict the movement of its residents for 14 days after a single Covid-19 case was detected.
Civic officials have attributed the decrease in bio-waste generation to the steadying numbers of Covid-19 cases in the city. BMC officials said that one of the reasons for this is the decreasing number of new Covid cases and patients at Covid care centres.
The Indian Express had earlier this month reported that the BMC in June invited objections for felling and transplanting 1,961 trees at 19 sites of big-ticket infrastructure projects. Of these, 803 trees are proposed to be felled and 1,158 transplanted.
For 2020-21, BMC had allocated Rs 4,260.30 crore to its health department, of that Rs 1,049.07 crore was set to be spent on capital expenditures like infrastructure and equipment and Rs 3,211.2 crore on revenue expenses like salaries and medicines
A senior official from the Bridges department said on condition of anonymity, "The new rules will affect Chinese participation in the project. Soon, as we receive the Finance Ministry's rules, we will change the tender clause accordingly and a revised RFQ will be put on the website."
CHVs are the backbone of the civic body's fight against Covid-19. Contact tracing of positive patients, screening of people in slums, quarantining the infected and their high-risk contacts, all are done by CHVs. Despite their crucial role, they are paid a only Rs 9,000 every month
On July 20, the family reportedly received a call from a woman who claimed to be speaking on behalf of the civic body to informs that the two senior citizens, aged 71 and 64, had tested positive for the virus.
According to the civic data, on June 9 there were 798 containment zones in the city with 18,957 cases. The number of containment zones on July 17 came down to 708, however, the number of cases in these pockets went up by 11,496 to be recorded at 30,453.
On Thursday, BMC officials used it to screen 1,300 people at Ganpat Patil Nagar in Dahisar, one of the most congested slums in Mumbai. Shiv Sena corporator from Dahisar, Abhishek Ghoslakar, said the helmet is effective since it can cover a large number of people in less time.