Floods destroy Rahane, Zaheer, Wasim’s coach’s residence
Thursday’s heavy rainfall flood was a nightmare for India batsman Ajinkya Rahane’s coach Vidyadhar Paradkar. Heavy rains left his Grant Road home flooded, something that Paradkar, 74, and wife Pramila, 64, never experienced before in lifetime. Their house is located next to the Gilbert Tank maidan, on the ground floor of Pannalal Terrace building.
Paradkar is a prominent coach of grassroot cricketers in Mumbai and Rahane, Zaheer Khan and Wasim Jaffer are the prominent cricketrs trained under him. He also coached out-of-favour England Test opener Haseeb Hameed. On Thursday, they were forced to venture out of their house in waist-deep floods to reach a relative’s place in Walkeshwar.
“We thought the flooding would stop if the rain subsided. But the rain only got heavier and the water level started to rise. It almost reached our knees. Without wasting time, my wife and I left the house. We walked through the waist-high water to reach Walkeshwar,” Paradkar told Sunday mid-day on Saturday.
He feels that the ongoing underground Metro rail work for the flooding in his area.
“I’ve observed in the last few years that a little rain is enough to cause waterlogging in our area. It is because of the Metro rail work. They have damaged and changed the drainage lines and that causes waterlogging. The water that entered my house was from the drains that were chockablock. Several complaints to the BMC and Metro rail authorities have fallen on deaf years.There are so many people suffering from malaria in our area because of waterlogging,” he added.
Paradkar managed to save a bat given to him by Rahane just in time, but has lost a lot of belongings. “My wife called a few people to remove the drain water from the house, but it is stinking like hell. My furniture will definitely need repairing and we will also have to get the house repainted once the monsoons are over,” said Paradkar