Every year, Mumbaikars wait for the monsoons to get some respite from the scorching heat and every year, the monsoons leads to flooding and traffic snarls all over the city. This year, the BMC has come up with a list of 66 ‘flood spots’ in the city—areas that are likely to be the worst affected by the rains.
The list includes places such as P.D’Mello Road, Byculla Police Station, Antop Hill Fire Brigade, Khar Subway, Milan Subway, Dahisar Subway to name a few. From Colaba to end of the Western Suburbs, there are flood-prone areas everywhere.
The BMC says they have deployed 313 de-watering pumps to tackle flooding. A senior civic official from the storm water drain (SWD) department told Mid-Day that their two pumping stations at Gazdharband and Mahul Village will be able to eliminate some of the flooding spots if Mumbai experiences rainfall in excess of 50 mm. However, a source says these stations will only be ready in another two years.
The city’s four pumping stations: Love Grove and Cleveland in Worli, Britannia in Reay Road and Irla in Vile Parle have not been very effective. Furthermore, only 36 percent of the nullahs have been cleared because the BMC hasn’t been able to get the required contractors for the job.
The BMC seems to have identified the problem. With the monsoons less than a month away, can they fix it on time? Or are the monsoons going to cause chaos like they do every year?