Mumbai has been facing heavy rains since past 24 hours. Last night due to heavy down pour, minor landslide were experienced at the Kharghat Parsi Colony at Pedder Road in South Mumbai, as reported by Free Press Journal.
The D- ward Assistant of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC), Prashant Gaikwad told the Free Press Journal that, as a preventative measure they have now asked the old building residents of the Khareghat Parsi Colony to vacate their houses for time being.
“The building retaining wall comprising of around 10 feet collapsed due to which the mud from the hill is slipping. The flats at ground floor of this building have been largely affected. Also since the said building is old and constructed in 1920’s the residents have been alerted,” he said.
The Kharghat Parsi Colony is part of the same hillock, a portion of which collapsed on 6th August which had created a block affecting the traffic at Pedder Road. A resident mentioned that after this incident the uprooted trees or debris had not been cleared till date from the Ridge Road (BG Kher Road) connecting Hanging Garden to Kemps Corner that caused the landslide.
Prashant Gaikwad said, “We haven’t touched the affected area as told by IIT Bombay to us. Also clearing of trees will further cause more destruction. This area is surrounded with residential buildings and having huge human density.”
The officials have declared that to begin the work, the rains should completely stop and that they are waiting for monsoon to end. Meanwhile, the hill area has been surveyed- drone survey, LIDAR survey, geotechnical testing of soil has been done, concluded Gaikwad.