In the face of tough questions from corporators on the city’s monsoon preparedness, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has mooted the use of cameras to ascertain whether the drains in the city are choked.

At the standing committee meeting of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday, Mr. Mehta told corporators — who wanted to know why water does not reach pumping stations despite heavy rainfall — it requires manual inspection of each drain leading upto pumping stations.

“This was never done in the past. But we will now start lowering cameras into drains to check if they are choked with plastic or other trash. It will be a big exercise that will have to be undertaken,” Mehta said.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Vinod Tawde, who is also Guardian Minister for Mumbai, held a high-level meeting with top officials of various agencies and sought better coordination and cooperation amongst all. He also announced setting up of a multi-agency coordination committee to tackle monsoon emergencies.

Mr. Tawde later told reporters that a coordination committee will be set up comprising an officer each from various agencies for better coordination so that (relief and rescue) work does not get hampered in absence of coordination.

He also announced that the BMC would now take a call on declaring holiday for schools and colleges in the city in case of heavy rains. The minister has faced criticism for declaring school closed on July 9 late in the morning, as schools open by 7 a.m.

(With PTI inputs)

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