Mumbai Rains: Even after 14 years, city's drainage system remains unfinished

While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has blamed the chaotic situation on the heavy rainfall, experts have called out the city's unfinished drainage system responsible for the situation

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Monsoon has made its mark in Mumbai this year and within a few days of its inception, the city has started facing troubles (nothing new). However, the civic officials and the people in power refused to be held accountable for the disruption caused throughout the city. While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and civic officials have evaded the responsibility, experts have blamed an unfinished drainage project for the chaos the city faces annually because of heavy rainfall. 

According to experts, BMC had decided to introduce the Brimstowad Project, after the 2005 deluge which killed 1094 people, as the project aimed at overhauling Mumbai’s 19th-century drains. However, 14 years after the project's initiation, it is yet to be completed. Civic authorities have cited various reasons for the delay of completion of the project. 

Meanwhile, the experts have stated that the municipal corporation must finish the project as soon as possible to avoid the city from coming to a standstill.

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According to the BMC flood guideline report 2019, out of the 58 projects of widening drains and augmenting, only 27 have been completed.

According to the BMC reports, the cost of the Brimstowad Project was estimated to be ₹ 1,200 crore in 2006, it has now crossed over ₹4,000 crore, according to BMC reports. This will increase the capacity of the drains from withstanding 25 mm rainfall per hour to 50 mm rainfall per hour. 

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