BMC Disaster Management Cell to be “Almost Ready” to Deal With Monsoon by 2063, Says Official

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BMC Disaster Management Cell to be “Almost Ready” to Deal With Monsoon by 2063, Says Official

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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umbai, June 25: After the usual annual weekend of continuous rainfall, parts of the city have been plagued with heavy traffic, flooding, and even fatalities. From SoBo to the suburbs, few have been spared the carnage of the monsoon. Train lines are experiencing heavy delays. In Wadala, a building compound wall collapsed this morning, causing at least 20 cars to be buried in the ensuing debris – perhaps a kinder fate than forcing them to drive through Mumbai’s canals.

Members of the BMC’s disaster management cell, just a few streets away from the site of the disaster, were enjoying a leisurely cup of chai from their favourite vendor, and sauntered casually toward the grim scene. A senior disaster management official on site was optimistic. “At this rate, we’ll be ready to actually deal with the rains – within reason – by 2063. The BMC is well on its way to achieving the bare minimum level of competency. Then, we’ll only have to worry about Mumbaikars dying from the shock.” He laughed heartily, before helping himself to the reporter’s bag of Melody.

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