“There was major flooding at Lok Rachana Society in Mulund due to faulty approvals given by the BMC’s Storm Water Drain (SWD) department to an adjoining under construction project. All adjustment approvals given by the BMC are getting exposed just like the fire at Bhandup’s Sunrise Hospital. A disaster was averted due to timely action by Assistant Municipal Commissioner Kishor Gandhi of T ward,” said BJP MLA from Mulund, Mihir Kotecha.
“The builder had diverted the original drain. A sump and a bund was created to change the course of the drain. The water started overflowing into the Lok Rachna society. The SWD department had given some permissions for diversion of the nullah. We have neutralised the diversion for now and have called for a meeting to see what went wrong,” Gandhi said.
BMC officials said that due to the diversion of the nullah, the entire society was flooded and water level had risen upto two meters.
Ashish Saxena, Secretary of the Lok Rachna Federation said that there was 2 feet water in the compound. “We did not have any electricity for the whole day and the elevators were shut down since there was water in the elevator ducts. People could not move. There are 76 flats in the building that was cut off. Water had reached the staircase and the water level was rising. The BMC had issued notices to the builder to demolish the bund and sump but that was not done. The nullah was diverted just for months ago which led to the flooding in our society,”