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What happened to budgets allocated to pumping stations?: AAP slams BMC over flooding in Mumbai

Each time Mumbai floods, it is a testimony to BMC's massive failure and the persistence of this problem despite large budgets, Preeti Sharma Menon, National Executive Member of AAP said.

What happened to budgets allocated to pumping stations?: AAP slams BMC over flooding in Mumbai
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Mumbai city and its suburbs have been adversely affected with waterlogging and flooding in several areas due to continuous rainfall for three days, at the start of this week. Instances of house collapse were also reported from different parts of Mumbai. 

In 24 hours, south Mumbai received more than 330 mm rainfall as per the Colaba observatory while the western suburbs received 146 mm rainfall. Winds were gushing at the speed of 90 kmph on Wednesday and more than 100 trees have been uprooted. 

As Mumbai floods once again, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) slammed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) saying that Mumbai being inundated has now been normalised which reflects on the low expectations of Mumbaikars from the civic body. 

"The government has made commitments since 2005 and the municipal corporation isn't short of money. Mumbai is already witnessing multiple crises including a health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Inundated low lying areas of the city like the SV Road, may well prove to be the last straw and the government has done nothing about it,” AAP said in a statement. 

Maharashtra AAP Vice President Kishor Madhyan said that if the state and civic administration can’t protect citizens and provide human security in Mumbai, how can they protect borders of India.

“Brihanmumbai stormwater drain project remains incomplete, even 15 years after it was proposed post the deluge on July 26, 2005. ₹1062 crores were the budgetary allocation, for pumping stations along with the stormwater drains, river rejuvenation and projects related to storage of excess floodwater. Where does all this money go?" Ruben Mascarenhas, National Joint Secretary of the Aam Aadmi Party asked. 

Each time Mumbai floods, it is a testimony to BMC's massive failure and the persistence of this problem despite large budgets, Preeti Sharma Menon, National Executive Member of AAP said.

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