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Heavy rains submerge eastern suburbs

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
By Tariq Khan

Police stations, bank premises remained water logged with rampant traffic snarls all over.

Come monsoon, it is a pitiable and pathetic situation for Mumbaikars. After the initial euphoria of getting respite from the heat during the first showers, the following days of heavy rains brought panic for the suburbanites with multiple cases of water logging, train delays and refusals by autowallahs.

Even police stations existing in this part of the suburb were  not sparred from water logging and seepages. The entrance of newly-built Shivaji Nagar police station too remains waterlogged. The plight of Deonar police is pathetic as it is situated in a low lying area with water accumulating at the entrance coupled with the stench of the slaughterhouse nearby.

Water seepage from the roof is another worry for the police here. Despite putting plastic sheets on the roof, rain water seeps in, which could destroy important documents. Senior PI Pradip Kadam  was unavailable for comment.

However, Shivaji Nagar police officers said that during high tide there is water logging near the premises but eventually the water recedes. “We do not face much of a water logging problem here,” stated senior PI Deepak Pagare.

An official from Govandi, Mankhurd and Trombay police station said that despite undertaking waterproofing work on the rooftop before the monsoon water seepage continues, especially on the first floor in two rooms.

Govandi West and Shivaji Nagar areas have perennial water logging problem since many years. At Ahilyabai Holkar Marg in Shivaji Nagar, the premises of Konkan Mercantile Co-operative Bank remains submerged.

As if that is not enough,  residents of Deonar municipal colony face problems like autorickshaw drivers refusing to go to the station as the road leading to Govandi station and the one existing opposite M-East Ward office and slaughter house, remain totally waterlogged. Corporator Rukhsana Siddique has visited the area and met people there, apart from calling up the BMC officers.

When ADC spoke to M-East officer, he said, “We are working out a long term solution for this problem. Right now operating pumps after the high tide recedes is the only solution.”

Water entered the slums in Shivaji Nagar, Bainganwadi and Mankhurd areas. Overflowing unclean nullahs and gutters added to the agony.

Parents of children who attended morning schools were seen struggling to find autos and BEST buses. As usual auto drivers refused to ply in flooded areas, fearing breakdowns.

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