A recent survey undertaken by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to identify damaged portions of the century-old underground storm water drain and other underground utilities lying beneath the Peddar Road, shows four severely-damaged spots and drainage obstructions at five points. The damages have been identified on the stretch between Cadbury Junction and Jaslok Hospital.
The civic body has now proposed to carry out the repair of the 400 metre stretch at a cost of Rs3 crore in October after the monsoon is over. The proposal will soon be presented at the standing committee meeting for its approval. It has already got the green signal from the civic variation committee which is headed by municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte.
"CCTV images showed heavy damages in certain portions of the storm water drain due to continuous seepage of water and corrosion. Some of the spots detected are in such a bad shape that they can cause sudden cave-ins, unless repaired immediately," said Laxman Vhatkar, director of engineering services of the BMC.
Vhatkar added the work to replace the portion of the stone-drain with a proper cement pipeline drain will take at least three months to complete. "Given that it is one of the busiest road, the work has to be carried out during the night in patches of 10 metres, with the help of the traffic police, so that the traffic movement is not affected," he said.
Apart from the major damages, the survey also showed several minor damages across the drain. The arterial road measuring around 1.5km that connects south Mumbai to the suburbs has seen several cave-ins in the past, because of the damages in the 2X2 feet drain.
In 2009, the BMC had proposed to repair the drain, which never materialised because the proposed plan of constructing a flyover on Peddar Road never took off, said a civic official informed requesting anonymity.
Another portion of the road from Jaslok Hospital further down to August Kranti Marg has one such dangerous spot but and has four major obstructions in the drain. So, the BMC doesn't plan to undertake immediate repair of that portion of the road.