Notice to Government from ‘Mumbai First’
Mumbai: A concrete plan is needed to tackle the potential problems posed by climate change, for which a task force should be set up, and a solution has been put in place to build a rampart around Mumbai to keep Mumbai safe from floods. The ‘Mumbai First’ think tank has given instructions to the government in this regard.
Climate change and rising temperatures are expected to cause sea levels to rise and submerge coastal cities. Many parts of Mumbai are also predicted to be swallowed up by the sea. Against this backdrop, Mumbai First has suggested some measures to the government to address the potential threat.
Wall by the sea
Many parts of Mumbai are flooded due to high tide. This problem is likely to increase in the coming period. To prevent this, it is suggested to build a dam-like wall on the sea side. This will allow water to seep into the city and be pumped out through city drainage systems. At the same time, it is necessary to enable a system for accurate forecasting of weather conditions, said Narendra Nair of Mumbai First.
Measures have also been suggested to improve the transport system which is hazardous to the environment and to set up a task force for concrete planning and proper implementation. The Municipal Commissioner will be the Chairman of this task force. It has been suggested that local and global climate change experts, policy experts, economists and ecologists should be involved in this force. The need for setting up of a special center for collection and monitoring of environmental information, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, setting up of mechanisms for disaster management at the local level, protection of agriculture, proper management of urban water have also been expressed.
The organization has written letters to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray and Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal. Taking into account the frequent natural calamities in the last few years, the BMC has undertaken the task of preparing a Climate Change Action Plan to prevent them in the future. Experts have been urged to send suggestions in this regard. As a part of this, ‘Mumbai First’ has also given some instructions to the municipality.