Monsoon still a dilemma for low-lying areas
Think twice before you purchase a property in low-lying areas.
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.”