In a first-of-its kind implementation, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to survey about 25 km of sewer lines in the western suburbs using Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras to monitor cracks and problems in the lines, and then carry out repair works. The sewerage operations department of the BMC proposed the idea. The survey would cost the civic body Rs 18 crore and the proposal has already been cleared.
Only those lines wherein human entry is possible would be surveyed. The remaining ones would be checked later. While about 10 km of sewer lines have already been repaired in the eastern suburbs, repair work in the city would take a while. The BMC also promised a few corporators who raised various other issues related to sewer lines that repair works would be carried out soon.
Congress corporator Pravin Chheda said, “In my ward at Ghatkopar, there is a sewer line that needs to be repaired. In the past one year, I have written to the municipal commissioner at least 33 times but haven’t received any reply. I want the issue to be sorted soon, so that locals don’t face any kind of problem.”
Deputy Chief Engineer (Planning and Construction) of Sewerage Operations A J Lavgankar said, “This is just a primary plan wherein we will be surveying sewer lines at various places. Eastern suburbs don’t have many lines wherein human entry is possible, hence we started our survey from the western suburbs, and will consider extending it to other areas in the city as well.”