The high tide predicted about 4.8 meters, if clubbed with 65 millimeters of rainfall, could lead to flooding. What can worsen the situation is the overflowing Vihar lake, which connects with the Mithi river. Excess water from Vihar could force Mithi river to break the bank, the way it happened in 2005.

Though the civic body had come up with BRIMSTOWAD (Brihanmumbai Stormwater Disposal System) project to check water logging and floods, eight years after its initiation and a cost escalation of over Rs 500 crore, the project is not even 50 per cent complete.

To ensure there is no loss of life in case the IMD’s prophecy of heavy rainfall comes true, the BMC has kept its disaster control and flood rescue teams, and lifeguards on high alert. The civic body has issued warnings and banned public presence at beaches during hide tides for the next two days.

M Narvekar, Chief Officer of BMC disaster control unit, said, “The disaster team is on alert 24x7 and will be quick to respond in case of a calamity, which we hope doesn’t happen. Several water pumps have been installed in low-lying areas and lifeguards have been stationed across the beaches. Due these precautionary measures, very little water logging was noticed in the past 24 hours despite the downpour.”

Another officer said measures would be implemented to ensure that people feel safe and the BMC would coordinate with departments like traffic to avoid unwanted jams during a downpour.

Courtesy: Mid-day

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