Sudden rain catches Pune by surprise

Neha Basudkar
Friday, 22 June 2018

Traffic snarls and waterlogging reported at many places

Pune: As sudden and heavy rain lashed the city on Thursday afternoon, there were several tree felling incidents, waterlogging and traffic congestion experienced in most parts of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Besides that water entered into various houses and shops which were situated in the low lying areas in Pimpri Chinchwad.

It started pouring in the afternoon and within an hour the entire city was filled with water. Due to waterlogging, the traffic was thrown out of gear especially on the connecting roads where the motorists faced bottlenecks. 

Ashok Morale, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said, “The main reason for traffic problem in many parts of the city was waterlogging after the rains on Thursday afternoon. Similarly, major traffic congestions took place at Gunjan Talkies Chowk, RTO signal, Senapati Bapat Road, Jangli Maharaj Road, University Road, Fergusson College Road, Karve Road, Budhwar Peth, parts of Swargate, Pune station and Shivajinagar. Also, in Pimpri Chinchwad, roads including Chinchwad and Pimpri Chowk, Pimpri market, Akurdi market and some of the arterial roads of the town witnessed traffic jams and the commuters had to crawl in the traffic for hours.”

“Also, the MahaMetro work carried out in different parts of the city further contributed in traffic congestion,” Morale added.

Prashant Ranpise, Chief Fire Officer, said, “Around eight to nine tree felling incidents took place in the city. In it, big and small branches of trees fell in various areas of the city including Kothrud, Koregaon Park, Mangalwar Peth, Bhavani Peth, Ghole Road, Shastri Nagar and Shaniwar Peth. However, the tree felling did not hamper the traffic flow, as our team had reached the spots immediately after receiving the messages from the residents. We did not receive any calls for water-logging in low lying areas or any fire incidents.”

The heavy rain in Pimpri Chinchwad has mostly caused water gushing into houses and in shops that were situated in the low lying areas. Kiran Gawade, Chief Fire Officer of Pimpri-Chinchwad, said, “We received 18 calls till now after the rain started in Pimpri-Chinchwad from the afternoon. Around 16 calls were of water entering into houses in the areas including Wakad, Chinchwad, Thergaon, Kalewadi, Pimpri and at Sant Tukaram Nagar near YCM Hospital and in most of the shops in Pimpri Market too. Also, there was one tree felling incident and one fire incident. The fire broke out at a DP in Kaspate Vasti in the afternoon.” 

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