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There Will Be No Waterlogging In Hindmata This Monsoon: BMC

Sanjay Jadhav, Chief Engineer of the BMC Storm Water Drain (SWD) department stated that the drain’s capacity to release water will be increased up to 50 mm from the existing 25 mm rainfall in an hour which, in turn, will prevent waterlogging.

There Will Be No Waterlogging In Hindmata This Monsoon: BMC
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During monsoon, Hindmata area near Dadar is always in the news for all the wrong reasons - waterlogging issues. Every year, there is a flood-like situation in this low-lying area. To avoid similar situations this year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will undertake several projects at Hindmata. The projects will include widening of existing drains and laying new drains. An ongoing project to help drain out the water by augmenting the drainage system on the stretch is in its last phase and will be completed much before the monsoon hits Mumbai.

According to Sanjay Jadhav, Chief Engineer of the BMC Storm Water Drain (SWD) department stated that the drain’s capacity to release water will be increased up to 50 mm from the existing 25 mm rainfall in an hour which will, in turn, prevent waterlogging in the area that connects Parel, Lalbaug and Dadar Terminus. There is a pumping station near Hindmata- Britannia but it is 5km away from the area and therefore is ineffective.  

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In January 2020, the civic authorities had recommended the widening of the Chamadawadi nullah as well as other drains surrounding the region to compensate for the flow of water during monsoons. As per BMC officials, widening works at Chamadawadi nullah near Bandra station is expected to finish by monsoons this year. Notably, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's residence- Matoshree is also near at Kalanagar. 

Areas like Kalanagar and Kherwadi in Bandra East also face waterlogging situations during every monsoon. Railway tracks are worst hit due to Mumbai's incessant rainfall. The BMC had kept several pumping equipment at railway stations in 2019 at a budget of ₹100 crores. However, the money went down the drain with no respite in sight. It would be interesting to see what measures BMC would take for the monsoon of 2020. 

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