The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has obtained responses from the businesses of Netherlands, Japan and South Korea for consultancy on its underground water tank challenge to deal with flooding in Mumbai. Last yr, after extreme flooding in Mumbai, the civic physique determined to work on an thought to retailer extra rainwater in a number of underground ponds to stop flooding, particularly throughout excessive tide.
Officials from the Storm Water Drain (SWD) division stated after a young was floated for appointing consultants for the challenge, corporations from Japan, Netherlands and South Korea have proven curiosity within the challenge. “We have shared particulars of flooding patterns and areas within the metropolis throughout heavy rainfall with these corporations. We are finding out their responses for qualification. If all goes as per plan, it can take about 5 years to create such underground water tanks throughout town, “stated a senior SWD division official.
Consultants shall be tasked to check geographical circumstances, rock and soil nature, and stormwater of town. Officials stated the advisor shall be given a yr’s time to arrange its report. The consultancy will value the civic physique Rs 31 crore. Officials stated the civic physique can be discussing if saved water in tanks may be reused for non-potable functions or may be thrown into the ocean with assist of small pumps throughout low tide.
Last yr, then Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had initiated the development of an enormous underground tunnel to retailer extra rainwater on the road of Tokyo’s flood tunnel. Experts from Japan had visited town and given their opinion that such tunnels may be constructed in Mumbai. Pardeshi had additionally concerned Japan International Cooperation company (JICA) for funding. Following these developments, civic our bodies made a provision of Rs 5 crore within the finances in February. However, officers stated no progress has been made but