As part of monsoon preparedness, the traffic police will make a list of areas in the city which are likely to cause traffic problems during rains.
The traffic police have been preparing a list of potholed roads for years and submitting it to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). However, this year, they will also submit a list of areas prone to landslides and water collection and stagnation during monsoon.
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Pratap Dighavkar said, "There are many places where repair or construction work is going on, a prime example being Hanuman Nagar on Western Express Highway, where footing of drainage pipe work is being carried out... this is likely to cause problems. Also, authorities have said the work on Kherwadi flyover would be completed within 15 days. However, if there is delay and it continues during monsoon, it will definitely lead to traffic snarls on the Western Express Highway."
According to the list of potholed roads, there are 117 big potholes which are likely to cause traffic disruptions during monsoon. The traffic police have prepared the list after surveying and collecting data from all divisions across the city and are in the process of submitting it to the BMC. "We have asked them to fill the potholes before the monsoon starts," an officer said.
The traffic police said they have also asked the authorities to take care in areas adjoining the hills, such as Ghatkopar, Sakinaka and Mahakali Caves, as they are prone to landslides. Areas prone to water stagnation include Dadar TT, Elphinstone bridge, Malad subway and Hindmata.
"We will keep towing vehicles and electric water pumps on standby so that they can be deployed at the earliest in areas where water-logging is reported. Along with this, we will be broadcasting messages on high tides, when it is raining, on radio channels and electronic boards as there will be a possibility of water-logging in low-lying areas. We have also made a list of lifeguards who will be called in case of emergency. The helplines of BMC, Maharashtra Metropolitan Road Development Association, Public Works Department and Maharashtra State Road Corporation will also be providing help during emergencies," Dighavkar added.
Areas with major potholes
DN Nagar (Andheri): 5
Airport Road: 2