Mumbai: The BMC's two new pumping stations, costing nearly Rs 200 crore, did not seem to do much, with the areas they were supposed to drain remaining flooded
The first heavy showers yesterday washed away the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) claims that Mumbai is ready for the monsoon. The BMC had even inaugurated two new pumping stations, constructed at a cost of nearly Rs 200 crore, but even their catchment areas (areas supposed to be drained out by the pumps) were flooded. Several key areas in the city, including Khar Subway, Hindmata and the Princess Street area (near Crawford Market), which are notorious for waterlogging, remained flooded.
Areas like Worli and Currey Road, which are covered by the new Cleveland Bunder and Love Grove pumping stations, were flooded. The Rs 116 crore Love Grove pumping station and Rs 112 crore Cleveland Bunder pumping station, which were to pump out rain water in times of high tide and heavy rainfall, were inaugurated by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and other leaders on Wednesday.
The pumps can each drain over 6,000 litres of water per second. Residents of Dadar, Elphinstone Road, Parel and Naigaon were to be relieved of the scourge of waterlogging due to these pumps. The catchment area of Love Grove includes Chinchpokli, Saat Rasta, Byculla, J J Road, Currey Road and Worli. The catchment area for Cleveland Bunder is Dadar, Lower Parel and Elphinstone Road.
Water logged places
"There was knee-high water in this area in the morning. But it was drained out by evening. The area near Bharat Petroleum and the road near Siddharth Nagar were also waterlogged ," said Suresh More, a stall owner from Worli naka. Waterlogging was also seen on N M Joshi marg in Chinchpokli (west), another catchment area of the pumping stations, which was not supposed to be waterlogged.
"This spot gets waterlogged every monsoon. I don't know if the BMC has taken any measures to deal with it, but I don't see any difference," said Amit Kumar, a worker at a butcher shop in Chinchpokli. Other areas in the island city, which saw waterlogging are Sion subway, Inox Tower in Mahim west and Valpakhadi in Dongri.
Additional Municipal commissioner SVR Srinivas said, "This year, the condition of our city is better. There has been waterlogging but unlike last year, where the areas remained flooded for three hours, this year the duration was not more than an hour. Even in Hindmata, the water was drained within an hour." However, BMC's own figures say Hindmata remained flooded for more than two hours.
Chief Engineer Storm Water Drains, Laxman Vhatkar, said, "When there is a foot of water, we declare flooding and start pumping water out. In Mumbai we have 260 spots where we use pumps to clear waterlogged areas."