Service road along canal caves in

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 20 October 2018

In a shocking incident, a service road caved in along the Mutha right bank canal in Janata Vasahat near Ram Mandir on Friday leading to the collapse of the canal wall.

Pune: In a shocking incident, a service road caved in along the Mutha right bank canal in Janata Vasahat near Ram Mandir on Friday leading to the collapse of the canal wall. It should be noted that the site is merely 500 metres away from the spot where the canal wall breached on September 27. The Irrigation Department has held the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) responsible for not taking precaution of repairing the road.

The canal was constructed in 1965 and is 202 km long and supplies water to the PMC for drinking and irrigation purposes. It also supplies water to the rural parts of Pune district. There is an 18 kilometre stretch of the canal in Pune corporation limits and a 12 km stretch has been encroached by slums dwellers. In PMC limits, the canal has been encroached at Vadgaon Budruk, Hingne Khurd, Vitthalwadi, Janata Vasahat near Parvati foothills, Swargate, Salisbury Park, Golibar Maidan, Hadapsar and Phursungi.

There are service and observation roads of 7 metre width on each side of the canal. However, the civic body has constructed cement concrete road on the service area of the canal wall. They have also put fencing on both sides of canal for the safety of people.
 
While speaking to Sakal Times, PB Shelar, Executive Engineer, Khadakwasla Division of Irrigation Department, gave the reference of a letter which was sent to the PMC asking for repairs of Janata Vasahat Road and said, “We had sent letter to the PMC for repairing the observation pathway. The pathway was converted into a service road by the civic body. We pointed out that the spot is located at 11 kilometres from the Khadakwasla dam and near Parvati foothills. The civic body has constructed a small bridge for the people residing in Janata Vasahat so that they can easily cross the canal and go to Sinhagad Road. We also mentioned that it is dangerous and water can gush in and enter slums as the canal retaining wall collapsed and the road has caved in.” He further added, “It is the responsibility of the PMC to repair the pathway as they converted it into a concert service road and vehicles are passing on it. It is creating pressure on the canal wall. The canal width is 60 metre including 7 metre service road and 3 metre observation pathway, “

Pravin Gedam, Superintendent Engineer, water supply department of PMC said, “We have started repair work at the spot of cave in on the service road. We observed cave in on Friday morning.” 

On September 27, 2018, many parts of Sinhagad Road and areas located near Sane Guruji School to Dattawadi got inundated after a breach in the wall of Mutha right canal.  

According to the civic body, in a survey, 730 people were affected in the incident and Guardian Minister Girish Bapat had announced an aid of Rs 3 crore for affected families. 
 

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