Pune: Heavy downpour was reported in Velha, Maval and Mulshi talukas of Pune district on Friday and Saturday, as a result of which tourist destinations witnessed long queues and traffic jams.
The compounding wall of a percolation tank at Nigade village in Velha also breached on Friday night, leading to damage of newly sown paddy in Nigade and Wangani. District Collector Saurabh Rao said no casualty was reported.
He added that officials from the Revenue Department were assessing damage to the crop. “As the incident took place at night, no casualty was reported as no one was present on the rice fields,” said Sub Divisional Officer Mausami Barde. She said that till Saturday morning, most of the water had receded.
According to sources, the percolation tank was being built at Nigade Budurk village at a cost of Rs 89 lakh; the amount was raised through Zilla Parishad funds. Locals have blamed poor quality construction for the breach.
Meanwhile, the District Disaster Management Cell, released 20,000 cusescs of water from Chaskaman dam in Khed taluka and a warning was issued to people living in low-lying areas in Alandi. Similarly, 14,981 cusecs waters was released from Khadakwasla dam on Saturday afternoon and a warning has been issued in low-lying areas on Mutha banks. Kanhe Apte Bridge in Maval is likely to be closed down for traffic, said Vitthal Banote, District Disaster Management Officer.
The district recorded 431.2 mm rainfall on Saturday. The district has crossed the average rainfall mark of 438.1 mm for July, with more than 500 mm recorded. Maval taluka witnessed 105.7 mm rainfall, followed by Velha where 90.8 mm rainfall was recorded. Mulshi taluka witnessed 89.3 mm rainfall on Saturday.
Many citizens had thronged to waterfalls in Mulshi and Maval taluka on Saturday, leading to traffic jams on smaller roads. According to locals, roads in Bhugaon, Pirangut and Ghotawadephada in Mulshi experienced congestion due to incessant rain and slow moving traffic. Mula and Mutha rivers were flowing up to the brim and in some parts long queues were observed on both sides of the road.
A case of tree felling was reported in Bhugaon on the banks of Ramnadi and long queues were observed from Ramnadi to Chandni Chowk on Saturday morning. Rural police had to divert traffic for few hours till the fire brigade removed the tree from the road. Traffic jams were reported on Ghotavade towards Hinjewadi via Bapujibua pass due to bad condition of the road. Similarly, in Rihe Valley, around seven villages are in the dark due to lack of electric supply.