The richest city in India went through 12 horrifying hours with worst heavy rain recorded in years on Tuesday. The Indian Meteorological Department reported that this was the worst culmination of the monsoon season since 2005. The rain water created 315.8 mm of flooding in 12 hours that ended at 8.30 pm.
Experts Criticized the Lack of Mobilization Coming from the Administration to Counteract Monsoon Season Impact
While the Tuesday rainfall came to a halt, the weather station in suburban Mumbai suggested similar phenomenon of heavy to very heavy rains to return this week. The core of the city recorded 120 mm of rainfall while the suburbs reached to 316 mm.
The administration received negative criticism as it showed no leadership spirit at all. Authorities took no major measures to prevent side effects of the flooding problem that affects India every monsoon season. Experts claimed that there could have been several solutions to fade out at least part of the major impact.
Experts Claim that Works on City Planning Are a Solution to Deal with Heavy Rains and Subsequent Floods
For instance, the government could have worked for the rest of the year on town planning for the anticipation of monsoon damages. While the South Mumbai received the same quantity of rainfall as the rest of the city, this part was less affected than other regions. While the water level didn’t surpass 102 mm, the people in the suburbs had to move in neck-deep water.
Project director Milind Mhaske stated that these uneven results reveal a worse planning in the north part of the city. The expert claimed that the administration makes a mistake granting too many building permissions. Overpopulation impairs water management systems to do their job properly during the monsoon season.
Mhaske noticed that authorities did nothing since 2005 to guard the richest city in India against another vicious flood. His solution is to encourage developers to grow the city outward instead of cramming people in the same overcrowded places.
By turning barren land around the outskirts into commercial and public zones, authorities will ease the pressure on the overstrained points of the city. The last step is to invest in public transport in order to link developing parts of Mumbai to the south region.
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