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BMC plans to spend 160 million rupees to improve stormwater drains and reduce flooding during the monsoon.

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In an attempt to mitigate flood-prone areas in various parts of the western suburbs, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has planned several augmentation measures for stormwater runoffs between Andheri and Malad after taking note of weather conditions. extreme in the city this year. .

The civic body has planned to spend 160 million rupees on various works including repairs, restructuring and widening of drains at 19 chronic flood points in the western suburbs as part of a major overhaul plan for chronic flood points in Mumbai. This is expected to increase the setback time of the water.

Civic officials said some of the work has been well planned so that it can be completed before the next monsoon, but some crucial work will be completed in the next two to three years. The civic work mainly includes the remodeling or new construction of box drains on the SV Road drain from the Vrindavan Hotel to the Marve Road junction in Malad.

“All district offices were asked to identify localized flooding points that can be fixed in the short period of 6 months. The measures will help excess water, which collects in areas during monsoons, easily pass through larger drains. The work is expected to start in January, ”said an official who requested anonymity.

Apart from this, BMC is also considering having flood tanks in the city to contain excess rainwater. The tanks will be built along the lines of underground water storage tanks in the Japanese capital Tokyo, and are likely to be located between Bhandup and Mulund.

P Velrasu, additional municipal commissioner said: “Now we are mainly focusing on civic works that are crucial for the next monsoon and we make sure to finish the previous ones. Flood tanks are a long term concept that would require extensive study and scope of work planning. Work on this front is still ongoing. ”

The city has seen multiple cases of flooding and flooding for hours in many areas during this year’s monsoon and has recorded record rainfall. Areas such as Andheri, Malad, Goregaon, Hindmata, Sion and King Circle, among others, faced severe waterlogging for long hours. The official attributed these disasters to drain cleanup work delayed this year due to the shutdown.

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