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Mahad monsoon menace

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]ime and again, the failure of disaster management efforts and ineffectiveness of the Government machinery to address the problem of rain readiness all add to the Mahad bridge collapse. The impact of the devastation has slowly begun to emerge with rescue teams stumbling upon a few bodies inside buildings that were marooned. With many parts of the Mahad city marooned and the bridge on the Mumbai-Goa National Highway collapsed claiming several lives. With the crash of a vital link in this old bridge two buses and other private vehicles were missing in the onslaught of rain. Rescue operation is in full swing but it appears rather late to act on the fury of monsoon menace.

With every invitation to make Maharashtra cities, a smart city, its resilence is eroding to a perfectly normal monsoon weather events. The 2016 disaster was not just avoidable; it was a direct consequence of decisions pushed for by vested interests and conceded by town planners, bureaucrats and politicians in the face of wiser counsel. The political rivalry caused among the parties disrupt meaningful development. At this rate we will come across such disasters in future also as we face global warming leading to an unprecedented rains and climatic changes in this country.

C.K. Subramaniam

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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