Mon­soon still a dilemma for low-ly­ing ar­eas

Think twice be­fore you pur­chase a prop­erty in low-ly­ing ar­eas.

Accommodation Times - - Front Page - By Nimisha Gupta

Wa­ter log­ging is one of the ma­jor is­sues caus­ing Mum­bai city dur­ing mon­soons and more se­verely causes low-ly­ing ar­eas. Ares like Dadar, Parel, Sion, Kurla, BKC, Grant Road, Ma­ha­laxmi, And­heri, San­tacruz and the Western Ex­press High­way, wit­ness se­vere dis­rup­tions in ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic along the stretches, ev­ery year.

Peo­ple re­sid­ing in low ly­ing ar­eas suf­fer like hell dur­ing mon­soons ev­ery year, such as power cuts, short cir­cuits, traf­fics jams due to wa­ter log­ging.

Few days be­fore on 11 July, 2014 Re­liance En­ergy is­sued an SMS to the Sanc­taruz (E) res­i­dents re­gard­ing power cut in cer­tain area due wa­ter log­ging caused by heavy rain fall. The mes­sage could be read as ‘Heavy rain has caused wa­ter log­ging in the fol­low­ing ar­eas of San­tacruz ( E)- Dhaval­giri CHS, Wa­gri Wada, Datta Mandir Rd., Vakola Pipe­line, Vakola. We have re­sorted to sub­sta­tion switch-off to en­sure your safety. We are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion & will re­store nor­malcy post safety check-ups of the sys­tem to avoid any mishaps.’ This in­di­cates the suf­fer­ings of peo­ple liv­ing in low-ly­ing ar­eas. So, think twice be­fore you pur­chase a prop­erty in low-ly­ing ar­eas.

Like ev­ery year this year too de­spite, Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s claim that they have taken effective mea­sures to con­trol wa­ter log­ging in the city, wa­ter log­ging com­plaints were re­ceived from 21 ar­eas, fol­low­ing the cities first rain­fall. Ar­eas most af­fected due to wa­ter log­ging were San­tacruz (E), Hind­mata Junc­tion, Dhar­avi, Mi­lan sub­way, And­heri sub­way and LBS Marg, East­ern-Western Ex­press­way.

As per BMC of­fi­cials they have in­stalled 244 de-wa­ter­ing pumps at 180 flood­ing spots, though wa­ter log­ging com­plains are been re­ceived from th­ese ar­eas. Ma­hesh Narvekar, chief of the civic body’s dis­as­ter man­age­ment cell, says, “The drains in­stalled by BMC can flush out storm wa­ter at the rate of 40 mm of rain­fall per hour and we re­ceived much more rain­fall, lead­ing to flood­ing at many places. This is tem­po­rary. Once the sea-tide re­cedes, the wa­ter will be drained out.”

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