If the survey submitted by BMC’s Deputy Municipal Commissioner for Environment and Solid Waste Management, P R Sanglikar is anything to go by then flooding during monsoons this year is highly possible due to the ever-increasing population. The same was reiterated by BMC Commissioner Dr. Jairaj Pathak. During a press conference, BMC Commissioner Jairaj Pathak informed the media about the pre-monsoon cleaning works started by the corporation. He also added that in the last 60 years Mumbai has seen an alarming increase in population due to which flooding during monsoons have become a highly possible factor in the city. According to him it was due to the ever-increasing population that Mumbai faces flooding even with 75 milimeter of rain. Speaking on the basis of the report submitted by BMC’s Deputy Municipal Commissioner for Environment and Solid Waste Management P R Sanglikar, Dr. Jairaj Pathak stated that in the year 1945, eleven days of continuous rains above 75 milimeter did not lead to water accumulation in the city. However, in the year 2006 water accumulation was found everywhere in the city when it rained continuously for 18 days. He added that by May 31 the pre monsoon cleaning work would be completed in which most of the works were carried out under the BRIMSTOWAD scheme. Apart from this scheme, the BMC claims that the Mithi river is also at its last stages where around 1 lakh 30000 metric ton of debris have been removed from the CST-Kurla to Filterpada stretch of 11.8 km. BMC Commissioner Dr. Jairaj Pathak also added that in around 76 nodes of the city, 71 pumps have been placed to pump out the accumulated water from the city. Also, around 4000 tons of asphalt were distributed in the month of March to ward officers so that potholes in their respective nodes can be filled. Further information was given by BMC’s Additional Municipal Commissioner Manukumar Srivastav who stated that as per the report submitted by IIT and Scientific Programs Committee; around 66 families were sent notices to vacate their flats as the buildings were dilapidated. While BMC is definitely taking out measures to ensure that monsoon this year a peaceful one, only time will tell if whether BMC will pass the test of tackling the pressure of monsoons or fail, yet again. With Monika Bhosale, Archana Shukla for NMTV News.
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