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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Monsoons lash Mumbai - Again

The July mayhem seems to be repeating. As rains intensified, normal life was paralyzed in Mumbai again.I remember a monsoon evening 7 years ago (when I used to live in Mumbai) , when I had to walk 12 kms in waist deep water because the trains stopped running and the roads were flooded. With little street light , that was the longest walk of my life.

However, this time there is a new legal twist. The High Court (HC) has slammed the Mumbai civic bodies. Indian Express reports , " The Bombay High Court on Wednesday came down heavily on Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) for its failure to tackle flooding of low-lying areas due to heavy rains in the city on Tuesday and asked the civic body to explain why action should not be taken against contractors in view of bad conditions of roads.The court also observed in view of yesterday's disruption of normal life in the city, nothing much seemed to have been done with regard to long term planning for tackling heavy rain situations."

Business Standard says, " The Bombay High Court has directed the BMC to file an affidavit by July 26.The court has asked BMC to explain how the money allocated for road repairs and infrastructure development has been used.The court has also sought an explanation from BMC as to how the flood situation got aggravated."

Let the politicians/bureaucracy at least answer the judiciary if not the people .Is PIL (Public interest Litigation) the only way to reach the deaf ears of Indian Politicians and Bureaucracy ?


  • It's terrible!

    I don't have the energy to criticise anyone.

    By Blogger peace092677, at 6:18 PM  

  • //July mayhem seems to be repeating//
    potholes, poor drainage system, also repeating year by year.
    This is called proactiveness

    By Blogger ILA (a) இளா, at 9:08 PM  

  • peace - sympathize with u .

    ila -- yeah its a letdown by the govt.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 9:42 PM  

  • You could use RIT (right to information) Act to extract the information the judge asked for.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:52 AM  

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