The BMC has come up with a three-part plan to stop the low-lying area in Dadar (east) from flooding.
Hindmata residents, flooding may soon become a thing of the past as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with a three-part plan to construct stormwater drains covering a length of 2.4km around the low-lying area.
If the plan is executed in time, Hindmata is expected to get relief from flooding in the 2019 monsoon. This monsoon, however, people will have to continue to struggle with water-logging problems.
Hindmata is a saucer-shaped area that receives water from Parel, Lalbaug and Dadar area. BMC plans to intercept this water via augmented local stormwater drains which will carry it to Britannia pumping station directly. Presently, this water flows to Hindmata, and one pipeline under Dr BA Road carries water from these three localities to Britannia pumping station.
Kishor Desai, assistant commissioner of F North ward said, “We conducted a study that concluded that the area needs to be encapsulated in underground stormwater drains which will intercept the water inflow before it reaches the lowest point — Hindmata junction.”
BMC has already started work on part one of this plan by augmenting 225m of an 800-m stormwater drain on Dr BA Road in January this year. This is the box drain at junction of Dr BA Road and Jagannath Bhatankar Road.
Part two of the plan aims at augmentation of underground stormwater drain between Chiwada Galli in Lalbaug and Shravan Yashwant Chowk. Micro-tunnelling for these drains is going on now.
BMC then aims to intercept water flowing to Dr BA Road in Hindmata at SS Rao Road in Parel, which is on a higher gradient. BMC will construct a drain along SS Rao Road. Water from SS Rao Road gushes into Hindmata via six roads that connect these two roads. These roads are – BJ Devrukhkar Marg, SS Wagh Marg, St Paul Marg, Khashaba Jadhav Margh, Jerbai Wadia Marg, and Acharya Dhonde Marg.
Desai said, “Over the past few years, we tried everything to stop the flooding . A study showed Hindmata needs to be surrounded by large drains.”