CM Uddhav Thackeray reviews the progress of coastal road project

Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal and other members from the BMC shared presentations with information about various aspects of the project. As per reports, the monsoon has not affected the project and work is being carried out efficiently.

CM Uddhav Thackeray reviews the progress of coastal road project
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in a recently held meeting, reviewed the progress of the coastal road project. As per reports, updates were given by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner, Iqbal Singh Chahal, who informed that the project was being performed swiftly despite the monsoon. He also shared the details regarding the ways implemented to remove stagnant water, outfalls, pumping, etc.

Commissioner Chahal shared a detailed presentation and spoke about the systems set up by the teams to ensure that the coastal road project work does not get hampered due to the monsoon or flooding. 

Besides the above-mentioned officials, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Ashish Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Vikas Kharge, Secretary to the Chief Minister Abasaheb Jarhad and other officials from the BMC were also present at the review meeting. Initially, Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Bhide and P. Velarasu also shared their presentations.

Officials mentioned that there were a total of 77 outfalls at Priyadarshini Park, Chowpati, Worli Sea Face and 43 of them are parallel to the beach, and these have been cleaned properly. Pumps with sufficient capacity have been installed at Amarsons Interchange, Haji Ali Interchange, and Chowpati. Besides this, 63 such pumps were installed at 15 places along the Coastal Road. These will ensure that in case of flooding during the monsoon, the water will not be removed in a timely manner and the work will not be hampered.

Meanwhile, sharing more information about the coastal road project, BMC officials said that 36 per cent of the work on the 10.58 km sea route was completed and the project is expected to cost a total of INR 12,721 crore. Two large tunnels of the triple route are being constructed in it and will include 15.66 km of interchange routes. So far, 9 per cent of the tunnel excavation work, 90 per cent of the reclamation work and 68 per cent of the sea wall work have been completed.

Additional Municipal Commissioner (Projects) P Velarasu shared that every year, solutions are being sought to six the flooding work at Mumbai's low lying areas of Hindmata and Gandhi Market. With an aim to find a permanent solution, BMC has planned to construct large underground tanks at both these places, whereby the rainwater will be released into these tanks in case of flooding, which will eventually be released into the sea after the tide recedes. These tanks will not be used to save water, he added.

A video was also presented to show the process of how the stored water from the Hindmata area will be temporarily stored in the underground tanks. This solution also ensured that traffic is not affected in the Hindmata area during the monsoon. Once completed in 2022, this plan is expected to offer great relief to the people in the city. 

Municipal Commissioner Chahal further shared that the height of the road between the Parel flyover and Hindmata flyover and the two bridges was increased this year. This helped in managing traffic despite the flooding experienced recently due to the monsoon. 

Computerised monitoring of sludge removal work was also implemented by the BMC to manage the crisis efficiently. Data reveals that on June 9, 2021, Mumbai received more than 200 mm of rain at 20 places. Besides this, 150 mm to 200 mm at recorded at 11 places, 100 mm to 150 mm at 13 places and less than 100 mm at 3 places. The city has 386 areas where flooding is likely to happen and measures were taken to prevent water from accumulating at 171 places whereby draining systems were implemented effectively.

Officials have informed that the work on other places will also be completed by the end of June 2021. Across the 24 wards in Mumbai, nullahs that are less than six meters wide have been cleaned completely. The entire process of removing sludge from these nullahs and the disposal work is being monitored closely through the computerized setup. Concerned departments are also capturing photographs and visuals to keep a record of various aspects like the number of rounds, sludge and weight of each vehicle used in the project.
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