The southwest monsoon has arrived in Mumbai, along with some neighbouring areas on Wednesday. As the rains lashed out in the financial capital, netizens welcomed the monsoon with open hearts. As expected, the city has been flooded again. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), a high tide of around four meters struck at noon.
They also added that the eastern suburbs and western suburbs recorded 66.99 mm and 48.99 mm rain, respectively while many areas were waterlogged. Netaji Palkar Chowk, SV Road Behram Baug Junction, Sakkar Panchayat Chowk, Neelam Junction, Govandi, Hindmata Junction, Iqbal Kamani Junction, Dharavi Restaurant, Dharavi, Sion Junction, and King Circle are some areas that were waterlogged to a great extent. Some BEST routes and some local trains were suspended due to this.
The traffic police shut down four subways namely Milan, Khar, Andheri, and Malad subways because of which two-wheelers had to abandon their vehicles. They appealed to the Mumbaikars to stay at home and not come out for anything but emergencies. They also advised the citizens not to travel to waterlogged areas.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted cloudy skies with rainfall that may become heavy in isolated areas. They stated that the Santacruz observatory received 59.6 mm rainfall, while the Colaba observatory recorded 77.4 mm downpour in the last 24 hours. Heavy rains are predicted for at least the next 48 hours. Places that will also see rainfall are Kalyan, Navi Mumbai, Alibag, and Raigad. Red alert issued for Mumbai today & a Yellow alert for the next 4 days. The Konkan region will also be affected between 12th and 15 June. A Yellow & Red alert has been issued for some districts of Konkan Kinarpatti (coastal strip) as it may receive heavy rainfall. Due to the strengthening of westerly winds along the west coast, enhanced rainfall activity with heavy falls is likely to continue along the West coast including Maharashtra and Telangana during the next 5 days.
Since the red alert has been issued for Mumbai, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the disaster management cell in Greater Mumbai to check the situation of certain waterlogged areas. Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar has also spoken to reporters on water-logging in monsoon season. He was quoted by Hindustan Times saying, “No one has claimed that there will be zero waterlogging in Mumbai due to heavy rainfall, nor can anyone even make such a claim. Only if the water does not recede within four hours, can you say that pre-monsoon work has not been done properly.”
These rains are annual in these areas. While no one is to be blamed explicitly, something has to be done for the water-logging issues of Mumbai. Being one of the most expensive cities in the country, certain standards are to be maintained. A solution has to be found, and until then, we need to pressurize the state authorities to take action soon. This does not reflect properly on the image of our financial capital and shows the world that a growing superpower like India is tangled between corruption and the high cost of living all across. A permanent solution for this should be applied soon.
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