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Mumbai Rains: BJP demands ₹10,000 compensation for each Mumbaikar

BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar also demanded the state government to declare the situation as a ‘natural calamity’ and release compensation for those affected.

Mumbai Rains: BJP demands ₹10,000 compensation for each Mumbaikar
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As Mumbai received incessant rainfall for three days leading to floods and waterlogging, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar has demanded the Maharashtra government to provide financial assistance of ₹10,000 to each Mumbaikar. 

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray earlier took stock of the situation due to heavy downpour in Mumbai and its neighbouring areas. Mumbai city and its suburbs have been adversely affected with waterlogging and flooding in several areas. 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. 

In his letter, Bhatkhalkar has asked the Chief Minister to announce compensation of  ₹10,000 for each Mumbaikar who has been affected due to heavy rainfall. He also demanded the state government to declare the situation as a ‘natural calamity’ and release compensation for those affected. 

The BJP leader said that people are already suffering due to the coronavirus outbreak and with such heavy downpour the situation has become worse. He also advised the Uddhav Thackeray government to conduct a survey of those affected due to the heavy rainfall. 

“The government had surveyed all the houses and provided financial assistance of ₹5,000 to those affected during the flooding in Mumbai on July 26, 2005. Similarly, the Uddhav Thackeray government should also carry out surveys and provide compensation of ₹10,000,” Bhatkhalkar said in his letter. 

Meanwhile, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal informed that four wards including Colaba, Nariman Point and Marine received 300 mm rainfall in four hours which is worst than 2005. 

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