Every metro should have a RTF Rain Task Force.Recently we've had heavy rains creating havoc in the city of Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Bangalore and Hyderabad are still having ongoing rains.
Life has become extremely difficult with waterlogging, difficulties in transport, water flooding into homes, increase in viral fevers in many areas. School going children also suffer being held up for long durations in traffic-jammed roads. Lives are lost sadly and the damaged to vehicles, roads and buildings are going to be huge.
This is going to be a regular feature because of unplanned development, lake encroachment, blocked stormwater drains and city corporations simply out of their depths in handling such a crisis.
The way forward is to have an action committee - similar to a Rapid task force, that can closely work with the civic authorities, meteorological department, road maintenance departments, traffic police and citizens to find a practical solution for the cities in general and the wards in specific.