Mumbai’s Bandra (East) region, particularly Kalanagar and Kherwadi areas, come under severe waterlogging during monsoons, causing significant anger and frustration to the residents. 

However, things will be different this year as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray happens to live in the Kalanagar area. It’s worth pointing out that the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) is also run by the Shiv Sena, thus explaining the haste in solving this problem. 

The areas have been facing waterlogging over the last few monsoons, so the civic authorities have 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 a BMC official, widening works at Chamadawadi nullah near Bandra station is expected to finish by monsoons this year.

Chairman of the BMC improvement committee, Sadanand Parab, who is also the corporator for Santacruz (East), wrote a letter to the BMC Commissioner, Praveen Pardeshi, urging him to take necessary action and also seek help from IIT-Bombay over structural decisions if necessary. 

“In H East ward, comprising Bandra and Santacruz (East), there are 42 small nullahs for draining out rainwater. In H East ward’s Kalanagar area, many prominent citizens like Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reside. Also, there are several government quarters, suburban collector’s office and corporate offices in the area. Due to waterlogging, residents face a lot of difficulties during the monsoon,” Parab’s letter read.

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