After two hours of heavy rain on Friday morning, waterlogging was reported in 38 elements of the town, washing away the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) claims of getting accomplished most of its monsoon preparation.
However, BMC stated the waterlogging was attributable to rainfall coinciding with a 4.41-metre excessive tide at 10.49am.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), between 8.30am and eight.30pm on Friday, Colaba recorded 161.Four mm rain, whereas 102.7 mm rain was recorded in Santacruz. Overall, the variety of waterlogging spots in Mumbai elevated to 336 this yr from 273 in 2019.
“There was no problem with our pumps and nor was the passageway for drainage blocked anywhere, but waterlogging was reported due to high tide along with rainfall,” stated Sanjay Darade, deputy municipal commissioner (stormwater drains). During excessive tide, BMC closes floodgates to maintain the rising seawater from getting into the town, which prevents rainwater draining out.
Flooding was reported in areas recognized to be vulnerable to waterlogging, like Hindmata in Dadar in addition to elements of Sion and Milan subway in Santacruz. Slow-moving site visitors was reported in each the island metropolis, at areas like Churchgate, Worli Naka and Nana Chowk, and within the suburbs.
Traffic wanted to be diverted attributable to waterlogging in some elements of the town.
Sandeep Bhajibhakre, deputy commissioner of police, (site visitors, suburbs), stated, “Around two feet waterlogging was reported at Andheri subway. Hence, we closed the subway and diverted traffic in the area.”
Flooding was additionally reported in elements of Bhulabhai Desai Road, Cuffe Parade, Marine Lines, King’s Circle and Byculla.
New waterlogging spots had been reported in Goregaon, Andheri, Santacruz and Churchgate.
Prior to the onset of the monsoon, BMC had stated it had accomplished 95% of the desilting and cleansing of the town’s drains.
In February, the civic physique stated drains on the low-lying Hindmata junction had been augmented in order that they may deal with 50mm rain per hour.
Hindmata junction sees flooding every time there’s greater than 25mm rain and it reported waterlogging on Friday.
“We have definitely improved the flooding issue at Hindmata junction, considering earlier, water was taking a long time to drain,” stated Darade.
“If there had been no high tide, despite heavy rainfall, there would have been no flooding.’’
He said the new waterlogging spots were due to the high tide coinciding with heavy rain.
Activist Godfrey Pimenta said, “We totally disagree with the 95% figure quoted by BMC. For instance, no cleaning and desilting of nullahs in Sahar Airport, Marol, Kurla, Worli Koliwada etc has been done. In case of heavy monsoon, the above area will face unprecedented flooding and cause untold loss and damage.”
High tide (4.57m) is predicted in the present day at 11.38am and on Sunday, a 4.63m excessive tide is predicted at 12.23am. IMD has issued a pink alert (very heavy rainfall) for in the present day and a yellow alert (heavy rainfall) for Sunday.
(With inputs from Suraj Ojha)