Why the Coastal Road is a mistake Mumbai cannot afford to make

By Shweta Wagh & Hussain Indorewala

Published in the DNA | 28th July 2015

On July 26, 2005, more than a 1000 people perished due to flooding on the streets of Mumbai – the result of high intensity rainfall of 380 mm for three hours. This year, we saw flooding after rainfall of 38 mm/hour, so one can only imagine the disaster that rainfall of an intensity anywhere close to 2005 levels might cause.

The new drainage system in the city is still incomplete and has been under construction for the past 20 years. At Rs 1,200 crores, it costs one tenth of what the city will spend on the Coastal Road – which will make the city even more vulnerable to floods. The decision to invest in such unnecessary mega projects indicates the glaring disregard for the city’s real needs and problems, ignorance of social and environmental consequences and a criminal waste of public resources.

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