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Tell us your Mumbai rain experience

July 04, 2006

Once again it's July, and once again Mumbai is under water.

But this was the monsoon havoc that was not meant to be -- not after last year's 26/7, when Mumbai's suburbs received a staggering 944 mm of rain. Hundreds of lives were lost, property worth several thousand crores of rupees destroyed.

Stung by the experience and its adverse impact on Mumbai's efforts to project itself as an international city, the city and state administrations went into overdrive, promised an infrastructure overhaul that saw hundreds of crores of rupees being pumped into revamping the city's roads, drains, link roads and traffic systems.

This year, the administration assured one and all, the experience would not be repeated.

Three days of rains are all it has taken to give this claim the lie.

Once again there are countless accounts of paralysed traffic, highways pockmarked with potholes, and water-logging from all over.

Commuters, Mumbai's unique sign of normalcy, are stranded, most are returning home after trying to get to work, and schools and colleges are shut. Roads are flooded, vehicles marooned, and it is got an eerie ring of flashback about it.

Is this what Mumbai's monsoon preparedness is all about?

What has been your experience as Mumbai is lashed once again by nature's fury?

Are you fed up of the claims -- that now ring hollow -- rolled out by Mumbai's makeover men constantly?

Tell us like it is!

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Number of User Comments: 224

Sub: It is Just the begining

With the Rains not even staring at its full we have to face water logging,traffics,train delays,and much much more i heard an interveiw of our ...

Posted by sunoj subaramanian

Sub: Why we Mumbaikar are suffering in every rainy season.

Why we Mumbaikar are suffering in every rainy season through we are paying more that 50 % of tax to central government. We have congress ...

Posted by jeetendra

Sub: The actual cause of damage

I was amongst those who walked for hours in rain on 27th July last year and lucky enough to reach home. I still remember those ...

Posted by Prasad Salgaonkar

Sub: Qualitative and result productive personnel should hold crucial posts!

Decades ago, when the Alexandra Docks of Mumbai Port was under expansion by perhaps a Canadian Firm that had bid the tender succesfully, I witnessed ...

Posted by B.Gautam

Sub: Failure in implementation of drainage system

I would like to ask you, "Who is responsible for all this act, where one finds that even if their is small amount of rain ...

Posted by Avanindra



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