PMC instructs all officials to get ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of pre-monsoon work clicked

ST Correspondent
Friday, 18 May 2018

Civic body wants to avoid allegations of doing incomplete pre-monsoon work

Pune: Every monsoon, citizens face serious problems due to incomplete work by the administration. Due to waterlogging, the city witnesses traffic jams during pre-monsoon and monsoon showers. Pre-monsoon work which includes cleaning of nalas, storm water drains and chambers is never done before the onset of monsoon. To avoid criticism for incomplete work, the PMC has decided to click photos of before and after pre-monsoon work in the city. 

Additional Municipal Commissioner Sheetal Ugle-Teli has instructed all officials to collect pictures of pre-monsoon work from contractors and also photographs after the work done. As per the new set of instructions, four zonal officers have started their work. The corporation has prepared a plan for ward-wise pre-monsoon work. 

Vijay Dahibhate, Zonal Commissioner of the Pune Municipal Corporation said, “We started pre-monsoon work from the month of May. We have the deadline of May 31 for completing the work. We have received instructions to collect photographs from contractors before starting and after completing the work.”

In 2009-2010, Kothrud area witnessed maximum damage due to the heavy downpour.  The city faced a flood-like situation. Then rain water could not flow from natural drainage route or nalas resulting in loss of ten lives.  

Areas where waterlogging is witnessed
Areas like Kothrud, Yerawada, JM Road, Sahakarnagar, Peth areas, Anand Nagar, Vitthalwadi, Sun City Road and Pulachiwadi witness waterlogging after heavy downpours.

Similarly, there are reports of waterlogging near Garware Bridge, Prabhat Road, JM Road, Apte Road, RTO, Kothrud, Yerawada, Sahakarnagar, Satara Road and Solapur Road.

Facts in numbers
The city has around: 
- 2 lakh metres of stormwater drain lines.
- 23,161 drainage chambers 
- 24,181 metres of nalas
- 300 culverts 
- 30,000 manholes   
- 600 kilometres of drainage lines          

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