In July last year, BMC had to clear about 500 kg of garbage that had clogged the cleaning machine at the Irla pumping station following heavy rains. To avoid a repeat, the civic body has put up shields that can block the refuse in Irla and Abhishek nullahs. Labourers have also been appointed who would get rid of the muck.
The shields have been set up at two of the nullahs carrying water to the Irla pumping station so as to prevent any floating materials like plastic bags, bottles, broken furniture, clothes, polystyrene etc from disrupting work. The station is a mechanical one, built at the cost of Rs 77 crore to prevent waterlogging in Irla, JVPD, DN Nagar and Milan Subway areas in the western suburbs. “After last year it became necessary to appoint labourers to remove the litter getting stuck in the shields that have been installed now in the drains. We would see to it that the system does not crash this time and no waterlogging is seen in adjoining areas,” informed chief engineer (storm water drains department) LS Vhatkar.
Currently, the civic body is carrying out desilting of nullahs wherein 65% of the work is complete. “The rest would be done before the deadline of May 31,” Vhatkar said. In order to prevent inundation in various parts of the city, BMC would be installing 230 water pumps. 213 spots have been identified, which are prone to waterlogging. Of these, 40 are chronic ones.
According to the corporation’s data, the most tricky areas include Milan Subway, Hindmata Junction, Sion Road no 24, Andheri Subway, Khar Subway, Chembur’s Shell Colony, Irla, Vile Parle, Bandrekar Wadi, Navrang Cinema, JP Road, VM Road, JVPD, Motilal Nagar, Cama Industrial Estate, SV Road, Dahisar Chowk, Thakur Complex, Nehru Nagar, LBS Marg, Gavanpada etc.
The civic body will also deploy six fire brigade teams, which will be on high alert across the city. Along with a team of 36 lifeguards to be stationed across the city beaches, nine teams from Indian Navy will be deployed at various disaster control stations to handle chronic flooding and other adversities during monsoon.