Why Rs 2000 cr wasn’t adequate to stop Mumbai from shutting down in a rains

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Mumbai: Just dual days after they were inaugurated amid many hype, a dual new pumping stations in Mumbai have unsuccessful to offer a purpose they were dictated to. As Mumbai reels underneath serious water-logging following incessant, complicated rains, a new pumping stations have unsuccessful to yield service from waterlogging in Central Mumbai.

Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated a stations dual days back. The metropolitan house of a city has spent over Rs 200 crores on these pumping stations. The Cleveland Bunder charge pumping hire cost a BMC Rs 102 crores and a Love Grove pumping hire was built with Rs 116 crore. Situated in Worli, these stations were ostensible to palliate waterlogging in areas like Worli, Prabhadevi, Mahalaxmi, Dadar etc – areas that are reported to me among a worst-affected in today’s waterlogging.

BMC had claimed that a new stations have a ability to empty over 6,000 litres of H2O per second.

Water-logging in Mumbai. AFP.Water-logging in Mumbai. AFP.

Water-logging in Mumbai. AFP.

Following a 2005 deluge, BMC had announced a Brihanmumbai Stormwater Drainage (Brimstowad) project. Eight pumping stations were to be assembled as a partial of a project. However, a plan progressed during snail’s gait that resulted a costs to escalate.

Nine years after a plan announced, usually 4 of a 8 pumping stations are prepared function. Two are being assembled and a remaining dual still exists usually on paper. Meanwhile, interjection to a lavish delays, a plan cost has left adult to Rs 4,000 crore from a primarily designed Rs 1,200 crore.

The problem with a pumping stations is usually a tip of a iceberg of BMC’s inefficiency. The county physique done promises dime a dozen about improving a city’s infrastructure though zero materialised. From nullah widening and cleaning, to charge H2O empty works and pothole giveaway roads, a BMC’s many promises fell prosaic on their faces with a really initial rains in Mumbai. It also suggested how ill-prepared a city is when it comes to rains. The irony is, a city is no foreigner to deluges such as today’s.

Since final year’s monsoon, a county physique claimed to have spent some-more than Rs 2,000 crore on nullah cleaning, on asphalting and concretization of roads, repair potholes and improving a century aged under-ground empty networks.

Every year, BMC spends around Rs 1,000 crore on monsoon works though it brings really small service to a Mumbaikars. BMC, a richest county physique in Asia with a bill of Rs 33,514 crore, is ruled by a Sena with BJP as a partner for a past dual decades.

However, within hours of a rains attack a city and life entrance to a standstill, a county physique chose to censure a complicated rains for a miseries.

“The city has perceived really complicated rainfall from 8am on Thursday to 8 am on Friday. It perceived around 170 mm rainfall during these hours. Out of 170 mm rainfall, 132 mm rainfall was available from 6 pm on Thursday to 6 am on Friday. The complicated rainfall collided with a high of 3.97 mt during night that resulted in water-logging in many tools of a city as a H2O could not incline into a sea,” pronounced Sanjay Deshmukh, additional metropolitan commissioner of BMC and in-charge of disaster management.

Civic officials also blamed that century aged charge H2O empty complement in a city for a water-logging. “The carrying ability of a existent British-era drains is 25mm per hour. Ideal ability of a drains should be 75 mm. All a drains ability will be increasing to 50 mm usually after a execution of Brimstowad plan that is expected to take integrate of years more. So, a existent empty complement does not assistance many if there is a complicated rainfall,” pronounced another county official.

The central combined that many tools in a city such as Dadar, Matunga, Parel, Andheri perceived 214 mm, 253 mm, 252 mm and 248 mm rainfall respectively. “If a high waves above 4.5 mt and a rainfall above 65 mm are reported in a day, a H2O logging is expected to be caused in a city due to a demography,” he pronounced adding that there are around 262 de-watering pumps in place opposite a city.