Road that claimed doc’s life dur­ing rains last yr stays afloat af­ter BMC ‘by­pass op’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Richa.Pinto@ times­

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

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