These are Mumbai's bane

These are Mumbai's bane

Mumbai has been flooded with rain water for the past few days.  The Shiv Sena-BJP duo, which has been ruling the municipal corporation for many terms, is to be blamed for the unpreparedness of the city.  

While many citizens are cursing the local administration, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hasn't been spared either. Says a sarcastic Atul Khatri, "What Mumbai desperately requires today is a romantic CM, who will open his window, check the weather outside, look at his bed inside, check the weather outside, look at his bed inside and then declare a state holiday."

Pritish Nandy hails the spirit of Mumbai: "Three days of angry non-stop rain; the city’s out to work. The bhelpuri guy outside Jaslok’s busy. The breadwala came on time. So did newspapers, the lady who keeps the building clean. Flower girls wet and smiling at the crossing. Lovers cuddling on Marine Drive. Mumbai is always on."  But one Megha Sreeram counters him and says,  "That is because they cannot afford to lose a day's wages. Stop glorifying the govt's failures as 'Spirit of Bombay'."

What is the biggest problem with Mumbai around rains?  "One of the prime reasons is the nallas (drains) that carry the rain water into the sea. These nallas are full of garbage due to habitation around them and because of this reason their capacity to hold and carry the rain water has diminished. They start overflowing, causing floods in and around its areas," writes columnist Clyde Crasto.