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BMC will take call on school holiday on rainy day: Tawde

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will take a call on declaring holiday for schools and colleges in the city in the event of heavy rain, Education announced today.

Tawde, who is also Guardian for Mumbai, had faced criticism for declaring holiday for schools in the rain-soaked city on July 9 in late morning when schools had already started by 7 AM.

The today held a meeting of officials of various agencies including the railway, police, BMC, MMRDA (Metropolitan Region Development Authority) at the civic headquarters in south

"of the has now been entrusted to take a call on declaring holiday for schools and colleges in the city (in event of heavy rains).

"Officials of the disaster management cell of the will hold a meeting in the morning at 5 AM (on a day of heavy rain) and will decide by 6 AM whether holiday should be declared for all schools, including those affiliated to CBSE, ICSE board, and colleges or not. All schools will have to follow directives of this cell," Tawde told reporters after the meeting.

Explaining the logic behind the move, the minister said the knows better about the rain intensity and water-logging situation in various areas of city on a day of heavy downpour.

Heavy rain had lashed the metropolis for three consecutive days till July 10 before taking a break.

The incessant downpour caused water-logging in many areas of the island city and suburbs.

Tawde also said that the would set up a coordination committee comprising officers from various agencies to tackle monsoon emergencies.

According to an of the Disaster Management Unit, Tawde directed officials to extend necessary support to citizens during emergencies due to heavy rains.

The meeting was attended by Ajoy Mehta, top officials of and Western Railway, MMRDA, Police, (India Meteorological Department).

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 17:55 IST