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Mumbai: BMC rejects Tata company for Malad sewage treatment plant

Posted on 17 Dec 2020 01:31:26 GMT - mumbai-rains

The BMC's Standing Committee rejected on Wednesday a proposal to engage Tata Consulting Engineers as a consultant for the Malad sewage treatment plant saying it was against the conditions set by the civic body. It may award the R61-crore project to the second-lowest bidder.

The BMC is developing seven plants to treat waste at Worli, Bandra, Dharavi, Bhandup, Versova, Malad and Ghatkopar for Rs 14,000 crore.

BJP member Bhalchandra Shirsat said the Tata firm has already bagged contracts for five plants. It first got the contract in 2015 for a pilot project in Colaba. While the BMC later changed the norms limiting two plants per consultant, the company was handed the contracts for Dharavi, Bhandup, Versova and Ghatkopar between 2018 and 2020 owing to its experience and for quoting much less than other bidders.

Shirsat demanded the suspension of the chief engineer of the sewage operation department saying the official misled BMC's new officers.

Shiv Sena corporator and leader of the house Vishakha Raut said, "The process has already been delayed. The contract can be given to the second-lowest bidder by asking it to work at the cost of the lowest bidder." It was accepted by chairman Yashwant Jadhav.

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No. of sewage treatment plants BMC will set up

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Mumbai Rains: Parts of city, neighbouring areas receive unseasonal showers

Posted on 14 Dec 2020 03:33:25 GMT - mumbai-rains

For the fourth day in a row, Mumbai and its neighbouring areas received light to moderate showers on Monday. Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Palghar, and Raigad regions have been receiving rain.

KS Hosalikar, head of India Meteorological Department (Mumbai), tweeted, "Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai received light rains in the last six hours at most places as seen from rainfall monitoring networks with yellow and green spots.”

“Cloudy sky over Mumbai and around, expected to open up in later part of the day,” he added.

Hosalikar further said that movement of clouds towards the coast along with intensification as seen from radar. “Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Palghar Raigad recd moderate rains in last 3,4 hrs,” he tweeted.

According to the IMD forecast, the weather will be cloudy with thunderstorms for the next 48 hours.

"Due to a combination of North Westerly and South Easterly wind forming lower level confluence is formed over central India and moisture feed from the Arabian sea has resulted into formation of thick clouds and the rainfall," IMD said.

Mahesh Palawat, vice-president meteorology and climate change, tweeted, “A confluence zone and shallow trough along north Maharashtra coast and south Gujarat is causing scattered rain over Mumbai. Intensity will be more in southern suburbs. May clear up by evening.”

IMD’s Colaba observatory recorded 13.8 mm rainfall, while the Santacruz observatory recorded 4.8 mm rainfall till 8:30 am on Monday. According to weathermen, this unseasonal rainy spell will stop from tomorrow.

(With inputs from Gaurav Sarkar)

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Mumbai Rains: Surprise showers in December brings city closer to winter

Posted on 12 Dec 2020 02:00:15 GMT - mumbai-rains

The crazy year just got even more bewildering, with citizens waking up to showers on Friday. Though it didn't pour, there were spells of intermittent rain in various parts of the city since Thursday night. The Mumbai division of the Indian Meteorological Department has forecast a partly cloudy sky with the possibility of light rain or thunderstorm for Saturday.

IMD's Colaba observatory recorded a rainfall of 1.4mm, readings from Santacruz showed 0.7mm rainfall. K S Hosalikar, head of IMD Mumbai, said, "One reason is low pressure in the South East and adjoining South West Arabian Sea and clouds extending from it. The second, as wind is passing by, there is interaction of westerlies and easterlies in and around North Maharashtra region leading to the possibility of light to moderate rain along with the possibility of moderate thunderstorm, too."

The weather conditions have brought the city closer to winter, say weather department officials. "While the city's maximum temperature has seen a significant dip in the past few days, rainfall too has contributed to keeping the city cool." "From 36 DEG C on December 9 to 28.8 DEG C on December 11; there is a fall by more than 7 Deg C. Cloudy sky and intermittent rains during the day kept Mumbai cool probably. But minimum temperature is still high keeping Mumbai in queue for its winter spell turn," tweeted Hosalikar.

Rain brings in health concerns
The changing weather is likely to trigger ailments like common cold and flu among citizens. Expect say people should not mistake them for COVID. "All senior physicians in the city can now differentiate between regular cold, flu and COVID. Treatment for these diseases is similar to the one for viral if it is mild but what we worry about is transmission, especially among older citizens or those with other health complications," said Dr Deepak Baid, president of Association of Medical Consultants and in-charge of the COVID unit at Rajawadi Hospital. Dr Baid said if oxygen saturation falls in regular flu, the patient may feel very tired whereas it may not be so in COVID patients.

"Those with allergies should be more careful amid changing weather," he said. Dr Gautam Bhansali, a consultant physician at Bombay Hospital and the chief coordinator for all private hospitals, said, "A rise in the number of COVID patients in Delhi and Rajasthan after winters has led to concerns for Mumbai too. It is more important to follow all rules." He said persistent fever and dry cough and loss of smell and taste are signs of COVID.

City still warm
Max temp Date
36.0°C December 9
33.4°C December 10
28.8°C December 11

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Mumbai Rains: Parts of city, Thane and Palghar receive light showers; cloudy weather to last 2 days

Posted on 11 Dec 2020 05:01:40 GMT - mumbai-rains

Mumbai and its adjoining areas Thane, Palghar and Raigad received light showers on Friday morning, bringing relief from sultry weather.

India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) deputy-director of meteorology, KS Hosalikar, said the latest satellite image indicated clouds over the west coast and over North Konkan.

He added that there is a low-pressure area in SE and adjoining SW Arabian Sea.

IMD Mumbai said that generally expect a cloudy sky with the possibility of rain or thundershowers for the next 48 hours.

IMD’s Colaba observatory recorded 3.0 mm rainfall, while the Santacruz observatory recorded 0.2 mm rainfall.

On Thursday, Mumbai recorded the second highest minimum temperature in the last 10 years at 24 degrees Celsius.

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Maharashtra's onion farmers staring at a bleak future

Posted on 25 Oct 2020 03:35:26 GMT - mumbai-rains

The onion farmers of Maharashtra appear to be at the receiving end of climate change. For the last two years, farmers from Ahmednagar and Nasik have been experiencing heavy rainfall. But this year, the monsoon season that continued till October, has brought along disease. Much of the onion crop has been destroyed after being infected with a fungal disease called Anthracnose, which tends to attack plants in the spring when the weather is cool and wet."

Sandeep Kokate, a farmer from Yeola taluka, 35.3 km from Lasalgaon, Nasik, said, "I had nearly 500 quintals of onions in stock and suddenly, due to heavy rainfall and fungal infection [Anthracnose], nearly 70 per cent of my stock got destroyed. I had to sell stock for as cheap as R7 per kg at Lasalgaon. We are not even able to get a break even." According to Kokate, the condition has worsened over the last two years. "The extended monsoon season has been wreaking havoc."

Half of farmer Baban Nanabhau Fand's onion farm in Sarola Advai village, Paner Taluka, was destroyed due to fungal attack caused by heavy rainfall
Half of farmer Baban Nanabhau Fand's onion farm in Sarola Advai village, Paner Taluka, was destroyed due to fungal attack caused by heavy rainfall

Similar concerns were raised by Baban Nanabhau Fand, 35, a farmer from Sarola Advai village, Paner Taluka, Ahmednagar. Half of Fand's onion farm was affected due to heavy rainfall, and almost 60 per cent of the total produce was destroyed. "Ahmednagar is a dry district and the maximum rainfall we receive is around 100 mm, which is considered to be normal. But this year, rainfall in the district was over 200 mm, which is double of what we receive."

Dr Anand Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General, at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), under union ministry of Agriculture, confirmed that this year, the Kharif onion crop in parts of Maharashtra were damaged due to the fungal attack. "As per the preliminary survey findings report from Nasik, nearly 60 per cent of Kharif onion fields were affected between September and October due to the disease," he said, adding that it was triggered by the torrential rain. "Moreover, nearly 50 per cent of the stored onions in bamboo and dry grass sheds have also been destroyed, leading to tonnes of onion wastage in the affected areas."

Baban Nanabhau Fand
Baban Nanabhau Fand

When asked about the estimated loss, Dr Singh said, "Nearly 60 per cent of the national produce comes from Maharashtra. We can be certain that the damages will lead to shortage of onion supply and therefore, price hike would be inevitable, which would continue till the year end or early January 2021, when the new harvest produce hits the market.

He said that the authorities will be closely monitoring the situation in Maharashtra. "We are equally concerned, as any short supply scenario from traditional belts like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana, will have a nationwide impact. We are now in the process of looking for newer non-traditional areas, for cultivation of onion, to tackle future crisis," explained Dr Singh.

Dr Anand Kumar Singh and Rajeev Nair
Dr Anand Kumar Singh and Rajeev Nair

When contacted, Rajeev Nair, former director, Indian Meteorological Department admitted that climate change has had a strong impact on this region in Maharashtra.

"Adverse weather conditions are being experienced in India year after year, due to large scale climate change influences. Places that were never warm are becoming hotter, and places that received minimal rainfall are now either getting extreme rainfall or witnessing floods. This is a topic of study and research for many present meteorologists, who are also extending their scope of studies to understand unseasonal rainfall in Rajasthan and parts of Marathwada."

Early predictions not possible

Onion farmer Baban Nanabhau Fand suggested that the IMD send weather forecast in millimeter rather than in percentile, and give predictions in advance. "It could help minimise losses," he said.

However, Nair said that at present farmers get a five-day advance forecast, which is being sent twice a week through mobile, bulletins and even on Doordarshan. "Any forecast beyond this period usually is not accurate. The percentile forecast given for all-India levels, may not be specifically useful for farmers. But, to give a forecast almost a month before the monsoon is not possible and may not be accurate. Efforts are on to provide forecasts to farmers even at block levels, which should happen soon by the Agricultural Meteorological Division (IMD), Pune."

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Mumbai rains: Lightning strike leaves 25 people injured in Thane

Posted on 22 Oct 2020 04:59:38 GMT - mumbai-rains

At least 25 people were injured when lightning struck a residential area at a village in Maharashtra''s Thane district, an official said on Thursday. During heavy rains in Thane on Wednesday evening, lightning stuck Palaspada hamlet in Umbarmali village under Sahapur taluka around 7 pm, regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. A house in the locality was completely destroyed while some adjoining houses also suffered damages, he said.

"At least 25 people, including women and children, were injured due to the lightning strike and were rushed to the Sahapur rural hospital," Kadam said. Their condition was reported to be stable, Thane''s resident deputy collector Dr Shivaji Patil said. Sahapur MLA Daulat Daroda visited the injured people in the hospital late Wednesday night.

Heavy rains along with thunder and lightning were experienced in Thane and neighbouring areas on Wednesday evening.

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Mumbai Rains: Lightning strike kills 14-year-old boy in Bhayander

Posted on 21 Oct 2020 16:25:01 GMT - mumbai-rains

A 14-year-old boy died after being struck by lightning at Patan Bunder in Bhayandar's Uttan. The deceased has been identified as Suprino Sachin Bhandari.

According to the sources, several children were playing cricket at Patan port around 6 pm when suddenly, thunder and lightning struck on Suprino. He was rushed to Oakhard Hospital in Mira Road, where he was pronounced dead.

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Mumbai rains: Brace for heavy downpour for next three days

Posted on 14 Oct 2020 09:48:52 GMT - mumbai-rains

Heavy to extremely heavy rains will batter areas in Maharashtraincluding Mumbai, over the next two-three days, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

"There is an extremely low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal and the clouds developed because of it would be hovering on Maharashtra from October 14 to 16. It would result into heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over some parts of Maharashtra,” said an IMD official.

The IMD has issued ‘heavy to very heavy’ rain at isolated places for Mumbai on Thursday and Friday and only on Thursday for Thane and Palghar. For Wednesday and Saturday a ‘green’ alert – light to moderate rain – has been issued for the three districts. Raigad, however, is forecast to receive extremely heavy rain on Thursday.

“Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada regions are expected to get showers on Wednesday while Mumbai and Konkan regions would receive rain on 15th and 16th,” the IMD official added.

The IMD’s  Santacruz observatory recorded 2.2 mm rain between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm on Tuesday. The Colaba observatory, indicative of the island city, recorded 1.2 mm rain in the same period. Most of the rain was received after 5.30 pm. Other parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, like Thane and Navi Mumbai, reported up to 6 mm rainfall.

According to revenue officials, heavy showers in the last couple of days have damaged crops in Marathwada, North Maharashtra and Vidarbha.

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Mumbai Rains: Mumbaikars, get set for showers to ruin your weekend

Posted on 14 Oct 2020 00:44:08 GMT - mumbai-rains

A deep depression that had formed over the Bay of Bengal and crossed the Andhra Pradesh coast on Tuesday around 6.30 am, is travelling towards Maharashtra as a low-pressure area. It is expected to cause moderate to heavy rainfall with one or two intense spells in the between October 14 and 16.

According to SkyMet Weather, parts of rural Maharashtra, especially Marathwada, are expected to receive increased rain activity Wednesday onwards. Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Solapur, Parbhani, and Nanded have all recorded moderate to intense rain activity over the last 24 hours. Vidarbha too is expected to receive light to moderate rainfall, accompanied by thunder and lightning. Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change) at SkyMet Weather, said, "There may be moderate to heavy showers on October 14 and 15 in Mumbai and its suburbs and in parts of North Konkan and Goa. Rainfall over Mumbai and its suburbs is likely to continue between October 14 and 16."

Palawat classified the rainfall as 'unseasonal' for Mumbai. "Monsoon usually starts receding by October 8-9 in Mumbai. This rainfall is because of the weather system that has formed over the Bay of Bengal and is travelling in a westerly direction across Orissa, Telangana, Vidharbha, and Goa," he said. "The rainfall is expected to peak on October 14 night. After October 16, the weather system will travel towards Konkan. Some low-lying areas in the city might get flooded but the intensity won't be like the rains in July. Breaks of about an hour or two in between spells will allow the water to flow out."

IMD's Twitter's alert

On Tuesday evening, the IMD (India Meteorological Department) alerted on Twitter that Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, and Ratnagiri were experiencing "intense thunderstorm activity" which was likely to continue for the next three to four hours. It asked Mumbaikars to take care while returning home from work.

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Mumbai Rains: IMD predicts heavy rainfall in city, Thane and Palghar on October 15

Posted on 13 Oct 2020 10:44:36 GMT - mumbai-rains

A sudden downpour accompanied by thunder and lightning on Tuesday afternoon caught Mumbaikars by surprise. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rain in parts of Mumbai, Palghar and Thane on Thursday. 

According to reports, the IMD’s Mumbai centre has issued the warning for over 15 districts of the state, including Kolhapur, Pune, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Parbhani, Beed, Hingoli, Nanded, Latur and Osmanabad. IMD has issued an orange alert (heavy to very heavy rain) for districts, including Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Pune, Raigad, Ahmednagar, Ratnagiri, Satara for Thursday.

The weather bureau has issued yellow alert for Wednesday, predicting thunderstorm accompanied with lightning/gusty winds and heavy rain at isolated places in Mumbai, Thane, Paghar, Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Nasik, Sangli, Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Beed, Hingoli and Nanded.

Maharashtra is expected to receive heavy showers till October 16. The IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into west central, northwest and southwest Bay of Bengal, and along and off Andhra Pradesh-Odisha-Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts till October 13 noon and over Gulf of Mannar during October 13 and 14.

“Maharashtra is already witnessing an enhancement in rain activity with thundershowers over interior parts of the state. This is likely to enhance further with a deep depression located over the Andhra Pradesh (AP) coast moving toward land from the Bay of Bengal,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general, western region, IMD.

“Under its influence, a trough from the cyclonic circulation (weather system) associated with the depression over south-central parts of the country (AP, Rayalaseema and north interior Karnataka). These factors are likely to enhance rainfall for Maharashtra and the Konkan coast,” Hosalikar added.

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Mumbai Rains: Temperatures increase leading to sultry weather conditions

Posted on 1 Sep 2020 09:54:24 GMT - mumbai-rains

The rain activities have subsided over Mumbai and suburbs. During the last 24 hours, both the observatories in the city - Santacruz and Colaba - recorded 9 mm rainfall and most of the areas recorded the light to very light rains.

The private weather agency Skymet said that the low-pressure area which was enhancing the monsoon surge over Gujarat and North Konkan and Goa including Mumbai has moved away and weakened. “The monsoon surge will also weaken leading to almost dry weather over Mumbai and suburbs as well as most parts of Maharashtra,” said Skymet.

The weather agency said that the temperatures in Mumbai may also increase marginally leading to sultry weather conditions over the city.

“We do not expect any significant weather activity over Mumbai for at least the next week, the weather will remain sunny with partly cloudy sky conditions,” added Skymet in its weather report.

The monthly average rainfall of Mumbai for the month of September is 341.4 mm. “We can expect one or two good spells of rains over Mumbai and suburbs during the second or third week of September,” said the weather agency.

IMD weather forecast

India meteorological department’s (IMD) deputy-director of meteorology, KS Hosalikar, said it will be a bright sunny day on Anant Chaturdashi.

The weather department’s Santacruz observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 30.1 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 24.2 degree Celsius, while the Colaba observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 29.2 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 24.5 degree Celsius.

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Mumbai Rains: Weather to go dry, temperatures will rise marginally

Posted on 31 Aug 2020 10:17:46 GMT - mumbai-rains

For the last 3 days, moderate to heavy showers are going on over Mumbai and suburbs. During the last 24 hours, the Colaba observatory recorded 29 mm and the Santacruz observatory recorded 46 mm of rainfall. In the last 24 hours, Dahanu recorded 42 mm of rain, but there is a significant decrease in rain activities for over rest Konkan and Goa.

According to private weather agency Skymet, the monsoon surge is now weakening and the low-pressure area which was enhancing the westerly flow of winds from the Arabian Sea has also moved northwestwards over Rajasthan.

“There may be spot rain thundershower activities over Mumbai and suburbs until tonight.  The weather will go almost dry for Mumbai and suburbs from tomorrow, the temperatures will rise marginally, and skies will remain partly cloudy,” said Skymet in its weather report.

The private weather agency said that there won’t be any significant weather activity for at least the next 3 to 4 days over Mumbai and suburbs.

“The monthly rain average of September for Mumbai is much less than August and is 341.4 mm, whereas in August it is 585.2 mm. We do not expect any heavy downpour lashing Mumbai for at least the next 10 days,” added Skymet.

IMD weather forecast

India meteorological department (IMD) said the sky would be partly cloudy with occasional showers for the next 24 to 48 hours over Mumbai and suburbs.

IMD’s deputy-director of meteorology, KS Hosalikar, said that Maharashtra has received well-spread, timely and consistent rainfall this season.

The weather department’s Santacruz observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 27.7 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 24 degree Celsius, while the Colaba observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 27.8 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 25 degree Celsius.

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