Kochi City was flooded due to improper urban drainage during the rainy spell of 21-10-2019. Critical assets including the main power sub-station and arterial roads were flooded. District Collector directly responded to the event. It was essential that an urban flood mitigation project is launched following the best practices of Operation Anantha. Accordingly, vide GO (Ms) No. 35/2019/DMD dated 11-11-2019, Operation Breakthrough was approved.