The Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) will appoint a technical advisor to grasp causes for waterlogging within the metropolis and recommend a everlasting resolution. This yr, BMC has pumped 17,145 million litres of water from Mumbai throughout waterlogging.
“We’re appointing advisor for Mumbai to discover a everlasting resolution to waterlogging in problematic spots. This might be an intensive survey, with particular deal with power flooding spots and low-lying areas. We have to verify if a everlasting resolution could be discovered, comparable to deep tunnelling,” mentioned a senior officer from the stormwater drains (SWD) division.
The advisor can have technical and engineering experience in SWD together with prior expertise of dealing with such initiatives. They are going to be given an inventory of power waterlogging spots, together with Hindmata, Gandhi Market close to Matunga, Chembur Colony and Andheri subway, for the research.
The choice comes on the again of allocating and spending devoted budgets to search out options to waterlogging at 273 spots throughout the town, over the past 4 years. The officer mentioned, “Regardless of our efforts, waterlogging occurred within the metropolis this yr too.”
After the monsoon of 2018, BMC tried micro-planning to take care of flooding within the metropolis and the SWD division was tasked with finding out power flooding spots individually and give you personalised options, along with cleansing water entrances and laterals, and desilting drains. Nevertheless, waterlogging has remained a recurring downside.
On August 4 and 5, Mumbai skilled very heavy rainfall and varied components of the town skilled extreme waterlogging, together with areas that often don’t see flooding, like Babulnath, Girgaum chowpatty and Nariman Level in south Mumbai. Waterlogging was reported at 9 outstanding areas within the island metropolis, 4 areas within the jap suburbs, and three areas within the western suburbs. As in 2019, the water took a number of hours to empty, although the flooding could also be partially because of the metropolis recording its highest ever August rainfall 1974 on August 5.
BMC’s 2020-21 price range allotted Rs 912.10 crore to the SWD division. The civic physique had declared that through the 2020 monsoon, solely 24 waterlogging spots would stay for the reason that relaxation had been handled over the previous three years. SWD division has spent Rs 2,903.28 crore for capital expenditures together with restore and cleansing of drains and water laterals, nullah desilting, widening, repairing manholes, and so on, between 2016 and 2019. Nevertheless, through the lockdown, BMC misplaced out on essential months for its monsoon-preparedness work and was unable to finish fixing over 40 waterlogging spots.