Mumbai rivers to soon get flood warning sensors

In a first, five rivers in the city and two lakes are set to get flow level transmitters, which will remotely send the civic administration an early warning on days the level of water starts rising, especially after heavy rain.

The seven long-arm devices, one for each of the seven water bodies, will work on solar power and are expected to cost Rs 70 lakh each. The BMC’s storm water drain (SWD) department is keen to instal these transmitters before the arrival of rains in June.

These transmitters will have a sensor, a transmitting system using SIM cards and GPS (global positioning system) and will send a message to the city’s disaster control unit as water level begins to rise, indicating location.