URBAN LAB INDIA organised a MEET THE MAYORS event on 20th July 2019 in the midst of incessant rains lashing Mumbai and its surroundings for the last two days. Given this backdrop the main issue posed to the Hon. Mayors of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Panvel Municipal Corporation and the Hon Chairman of CIDCO - a Special Planning Authoriy, was The Flooding and the City's Preparedness. Other side of the coin i:e Water Scarcity particularly in the months of May and June was also posed. The Hon. Mayors highlighted the peculiar topography and geomorphology of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and explained how the Dutch System of storm water management has failed to cope with the high intensity rainfall. The problem is further compounded when high rain fall and and the high tide coincide. Over the time silting of the holding ponds and the dense growth of Mangroves has substantially reduced the holding capacity of the system developed over 40 years back. On the water scarcity front, Hon. Mayor of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation suggested to agressively implement the dual water supply systems right from the point of source of water to the usage point. This will save enough water for potable purposes throughout the year as well provide treated water for non-potable purposes.
The Panel discussion was moderated by Mr A R Jadhav - Group Head Lands and Assets Group of the URBAN LAB. Following is the link to the YouTube clip of the event. If the link does not work, you can watch it at our WhatsApp Group - URBAN LAB
20th July 2019
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