However much the whole of Mumbai curses the BMC every time it rains, the municipal corporation workers possibly still go home with an easy conscience, thanks to the teams they have constituted to battle water-logging and floods in Mumbai. It’s another thing that when they are needed the most, these flood management teams are mostly missing from action.
According to a Mid-Day report, the BMC has chalked out a plan by which 100 people in each ward are supposed to form teams to clear floodwaters and remove obstructions etc. Out of them, 30-35 people are supposed to work 12-hour-shifts during heavy rains.
However, the ground reality as mentioned in the report seems to be very different, with hardly a single worker from these groups spotted in and around the city during heavy rains.
The copy quotes a witness saying that neither are the workers seen during the heavy rains nor do they seem trained to do anything more than removing floating objects.
“What can one junior engineer and a few labourers do in a flood like situation? They are not trained, and are ill equipped to tackle floods. Moreover, they are not seen at chronic flooding spots,” Mid-Day quotes James John, coordinator at AGNI, an NGO.
Flooding being a persistent problem in Mumbai, the report quotes an ex-municipal body engineer saying that at least 30-35 pumping stations have to be set up in low lying areas in Mumbai and its suburbs to prevent flooding.
A Times of India report says that in the past 24 hours at least 300 new potholes have been reported taking this season’s pothole count to an approximate 3,873 this season. Almost 350 tree falls and more than 60 complaints of water-logging have been reported in Mumbai and suburbs.