Mumbai: The Ministry of Earth Sciences has developed a New Flood Warning System, along with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated today, in Mumbai city, along with Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology, and Earth sciences, who was also present during the ceremony, said the system will help the people of Mumbai in a “big way” as it can predict floods.
Mr Thackeray said via video-conference after the launch, “The flood management system is a boon for the city and it will be helpful in saving Mumbai.”
He said that “As Maharashtra had received a warning about cyclonic storm Nisarga 2-3 days in advance, the state government could shift people to safer locations and hence there was hardly any loss of human life.”
Cyclone Nisarga had made landfall near Alibaug in Raigad district of the state last week.
In addition to this, he said that some areas of Mumbai are below the sea level, due to which the seawater enters the city during the high tide. Therefore since 2005, several pumping stations have been built in the city, which stops the ingress of water and also pumps it out of the city.
Looking back to the history, on July 26, 2005, Mumbai had witnessed one of its worst floods when the city had received 944 mm rainfall in a single day.
Mr Thackeray also called for the need to have four Doppler radars in the city.
He said the BMC was the first civic body in the country to build its own molecular lab after the Leptospirosis outbreak in the city.
The Chief Minister said that the government has increased the number of COVID-19 testing labs to 85 from two earlier. “Soon the number will be increased to 100,” he added.