Mumbai, July 11: With heavy rains lashing Mumbai continuously, the city has been experiencing severe waterlogging and traffic snarls from time to time. Hence traffic authorities have become the most troubled lot as they are required to work long hours in order to ebb the traffic. Commenting on the same, Bandra Traffic Division Inspector Sharad Ovhal said,”We are public servants. People expect a lot from us, so we have to work overtime, whenever needed. Sometimes we even have to clean the gutter so that the water flows out.” At times, they even need to clear the gutters to prevent clogging of water and ease the traffic flow.
This becomes a regular kind of affair during the high tides and hence traffic department officials need to maintain extra caution in case of high tides. In order to prevent traffic congestion and water logging, the officials keep themselves prepared a month before the onset of monsoon.
Explaining how they do so, Inspector Kishor Kharat from Kalbadevi traffic division said that they during their assessment, they had identified at least 66 spots that were prone to water logging and hence came up with road diversions for the same. To manage the traffic congestion in the continuous downpour, at least one constable is present in each area.
Nearly, all roads in Mumbai and its suburbs remain jammed during the monsoon. Traffic officials also shared the challenges which they faced during such peak times wherein the weather and traffic reign havoc and brings the city to a standstill. Speaking about traffic congestion during rains, Inspector Kharat said that the increasing number of vehicles in the city added to the officials’ woes as one after the other, two and four wheelers kept moving on the main express roads. Despite the heavy volume of traffic, officials are expected to manage jams and help in the continuous movement of the vehicles. He added,” After roads are waterlogged, vehicles either have to be diverted or made to move in one lane. If a car breaks down in between, it adds to the troubles. We have to make sure that at least one constable is manning an area.”