Road that claimed doc’s life during rains last yr stays afloat after BMC ‘bypass op’
Mumbai: In a classic example of how the municipal corporation can fix Mumbai’s problems if it wants to, the BMC this year managed to free Fitwala Road in Elphinstone of its two-decade-old water-logging problem. This is the same road where gastroentrologist Dr Deepak Amrapurkar failed to spot an open manhole that was submerged in rainwater, fell into it and died last monsoon.
It took civic officials only five months to do a “bypass surgery” of the drains and nullahs starting from Fitwala Road and leading to the nearest pumping station—Cleveland Bunder in Worli. The support provided by railway authorities helped, said the officials.
The BMC undertook the work on a war-footing as it received flak from citizens as well as the high court following Dr Amrapukar’s death. “We studied the obstructions in the way of water flow and found several areas that needed remedial works. Some work had to be carried under tracks and hence, we approached the railways,” said an official.
To begin with, the BMC has created a 2X2m inspection chamber under tracks between Parel and Elphinstone stations. Officials said the chamber will help them check for obstructions in flow of water. The second step has been to convert an arch drain along the route into a box drain to increase its capacity by almost 50%. Also, inverted siphons—depressions along a storm water line—have been created at Senapati Bapat Marg. “Here, we have also deployed an additional de-watering pump,” said a official.
Further, the civic body has widened