Municipal authorities gears up to tackle monsoon rains in Mumbai

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Mumbai, May 14 (ANI): Municipal authorities have undertaken cleaning up of clogged drains and manholes in Mumbai to avoid the problem of water logging during the ensuing monsoon season in the city.

The Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation (GMMC) has undertaken the project in view of the chaos that prevails during the monsoon season due to clogged drains and manholes, plunging the city in a deluge.

With the monsoons predicted to be hitting early this year, the contractors involved in the cleaning process have been instructed to take up the cleaning of clogged drains urgently.

"Monsoon will be coming very early this year. So, they should do all major and minor drain cleaning very perfectly. All the contractors should be doing this drain cleaning very urgently and very perfectly," said Subha Raul, Mayor, Mumbai.

More than 1,000 people were killed across Maharashtra in 2005 during floods that hit the metropolis. The civic authorities are now bracing themselves up for the June-September rains.

Two days of heavy rain in July 2005, showed up the pathetic infrastructure and dismal emergency response in Mumbai. By Sushil Parekh (ANI)

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