Heavy rain ends wa­ter woes, but likely to cause flood­ing in Maha MUMBAI’S POT­HOLE MEN­ACE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The good spell of rain­fall has nearly ended wa­ter woes across the state, but au­thor­i­ties in sev­eral cities are on standby, if a flood-like sit­u­a­tion is to arise.

The state gov­ern­ment has been mon­i­tor­ing Nasik, Pune and Kol­ha­pur, where dams be­gan over­flow­ing and lo­cal alerts were is­sued.

The gov­ern­ment on Satur­day said the state has re­ceived 736mm rain­fall since the mon­soon be­gan — be­tween June 1 and Au­gust 6.

This is 107.5% more than the aver­age rain­fall dur­ing this pe­riod. Last year, the state had re­ceived just 62% of its aver­age rain­fall for the same pe­riod.

All five ma­jor dams in the Konkan re­gion, 18 in Pune and 5 in Nasik are more than 85% full, while eight ma­jor dams in the state have crossed their 100% live stor­age ca­pac­ity.

The vast Mumbai Metropoli­tan Re­gion — spread across six cities — could fi­nally see some planned de­vel­op­ment af­ter decades of hap­haz­ard growth. The Deven­dra Fad­navis gov­ern­ment on Satur­day cleared the ur­ban de­vel­op­ment depart­ment’s pro­posal for a stan­dard DCR — norms to gov­ern all con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity — in Thane, Kalyan-Dom­bivli, Va­sai-Vi­rar, Mira-Bhayan­der, Ul­has­na­gar and Bhi­wandi.

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