BMC Readies Dewatering Pumps, Plans Extension of Drain Outfalls Ahead of Monsoon

BMC Readies Dewatering Pumps, Plans Extension of Drain Outfalls Ahead of Monsoon

Given that South Mumbai witnessed heavy flooding during the last monsoon season, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to extend existing stormwater drain outfalls to allow rainwater to flow more freely while also readying high-power dewatering pumps. 

The Coastal Road Project is said to be impacting flood mitigation measures to some extent as some of the project areas were experiencing flood-related complaints. The BMC has reclaimed up to 88 hectares of space near the western coast which has pushed the coastline by 100 meters. 

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Regions like Priyadarshini Park, Tata Garden, Breach Candy and Worli experienced flooding last year. Although the residents of the areas said that the coastal road project was the reason behind the flooding, the BMC denied these allegations. 

“We are extending all existing storm water drain outfalls falling in the coastal road project area. Wherever extension of drains is not completed before monsoon, we will keep high-power dewatering pumps in case there is flooding,” a senior BMC official said.

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Other officials said that the city has 13 major stormwater drain outfalls that pass through the coastal road stretch spanning 10.58 km between Princess Street Flyover and the Worli-end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. The civic body will also reportedly maintain 17 minor drain pipelines and peripheral drains in the region.

Additionally, 15 powerful dewatering pumps will be kept on standby and utilized in case of heavy rains, officials said. The pumps will be kept at Breach Candy, Tata Garden, and Worli. The agency is also setting up a 24-hour control room to tender help to flood-affected regions. “All precautions will be taken to ensure no flooding takes place,” an official added.

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