Mauritius is a rapidly growing economy. With modernisation, more infrastructural developments are being done, communities are growing larger, new cities are being built and the natural image of the country are changing quickly. There are less green spaces and natural waterpaths are being diverted or even removed and replaced by built up areas. Drains are being covered with concrete in many places. During the last decade, we have seen increasing occurrences of flood events over the whole island. We are moving towards a more developed country so fast that not enough attention is being given for a more proper planning in terms stormwater management.
Better urban planning is required whenever there is new infrastructural development. Natural waterpaths need to be carefully analysed before modifying topography. Effective drainage systems need to be designed. Effective does not always mean quantity but quality of the system. These considerations should come in preliminary phases of the planning stage of any large infrastructural development such new roads, new residential areas or smart cities and so on.
A more sustainable and safer community. Frequency of flood events that previously halted socio-economic activities could be reduced considerably.