Metro work threatens to derail Mumbai during rains

The city risks a harrowing time during the monsoon, which is less than three weeks away as per forecasts, unless the firm laying three Metro corridors plugs a series of gaping holes it has left at construction sites.

The BMC has identified 45 important locations across the city where storm water drains, other drains and manholes have been damaged because of ongoing Metro-related work.

It fears that rainwater flow will be impeded, with unimaginable consequences on heavy rain days. The civic body on Wednesday issued a spot-byspot to-do list to the Metro’s construction firm to take immediate remedial action, after ameeting with representatives of MMRDA and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited. “We visited construction sites in April and again on May 5 to gauge the situation. Apart from drainage problems, we found that at many places extra water entry/exit points and a sufficient number of dewatering pumps are needed for smooth discharge of rainwater,” said a civic official.