These spots get submerged in flood water during monsoon
Pune: The Disaster Management Cell of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has identified 39 chronic spots along Mutha and Mula rivers which get affected due to flood water during monsoon. Another 11 spots with big nalas which get affected have also been identified.
The Disaster Management Cell of the PMC has prepared a disaster management plan for 2017-18 for utilising the provisions mentioned in it for the civic administration and for the common people who can call the concerned authority for rescue and help in need.
According to the plan, most of the flood-affected areas located on the right side of Mutha river as these are low-lying areas. Seventeen such spots have been identified which include Vadgaon Budruk, Hingane Khurd, rear side of Poona Hospital, Narayan Peth, Gadital slum, Kasewadi slum and Indiranagar slum, while the affected areas on left side of the Mutha bank is Pulachi Wadi at Deccan, Tophkhna area, Kamgar Putala slum etc. Mula river, which flowing from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Pune and confluences at Sangam Bridge with Mutha river has also flood-affected areas along it. The flood-affected areas along Mutha river are Kalas, Yerawada, Aundh, Bopodi, Sangamwadi and Patil Estate.
There are four dams supplying drinking water to Pune and the water release capacity of Khadakwasla reservoir system is 97,000 cusecs but due to encroachments on large scale in river bed, the flood situation creates only after releasing 50,000 cusecs water from Khadakwasla dam into Mutha river. However, the PMC has made the makeshift arrangements of help centres for the flood-affected citizens in PMC schools and buildings where the facility of drinking water and toilets would be available. In all, 39 such centres are on stand-by mode.
If 18,000 cusecs of water is released from Khadakwasla dam then the Bhide Bridge at Deccan gets submerged, for 28,000 cusec Khilare Vasti near Abasaheb Garware College get submerged. As the water released from the dam rises to 33,000 cusecs then Shitala Devi temple in Deccan gets submerged and for 54,000 cusecs the Jayantrao Tilak Bridge behind PMC Headquarter gets submerged. Once the water released is over 60,000 cusecs then the water enters the densely populated Patil Estate slum.