Pune: Following continuous rain in the catchment areas of four dams supplying water to Pune city, the Irrigation Department released 18,491 cusecs water from Khadakwasla dam on Monday evening.
The following amounts of rainfall was recorded in the catchment areas of the four dams: Khadakwasla (33 mm), Panshet (76 mm), Varasgaon (95 mm) and Temghar (79 mm) on Monday evening. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Disaster Management Cell issued necessary instructions to all ward offices at low-lying areas along Mula-Mutha river. The PMC has closed down some roads as a precautionary measure. The PMC has issued an appeal to people not to panic as they have taken all precautions to tackle flood-like situation.
From 8 am on Monday, the Irrigation Department started releasing water starting with 1,700 cusecs from Khadakwasla dam as it crossed its capacity of 1.97 Thousand Million Cubic feet (TMC) ft. The water released was increased gradually, till it reached 18,491 cusecs at 6 pm.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Ganesh Sonune, Head of Disaster Management Department of the PMC said, “We have instructed ward offices about low-lying areas near the riverside. The department has set up 24x7 helpline. There situation is under control and we have all plans to tackle flood-like situation.”
He added, “Due to construction of wall along riverside in Deccan area (Pulachi wadi), Warje, Kamgar Putala, Yerawada areas, all these areas are safe.
According to our disaster plan, a major alert is issued after 25,000 cusecs water is released. At that time, 100 families will be displaced along the riverside. We are continuously communicating with the Irrigation Department. After releasing water from the dam, it takes three hours for it to reach the city area.”
Police Inspector (planning) Vivekanand Wakhare from the traffic branch told Sakal Times, “Due to rains, traffic was slow moving but there was no major jam was reported either in Pune or Pimpri-Chinchwad. We have deployed adequate number of staffs to manage the traffic.”
Prashant Ranpise, Chief Fire Officer of Pune City, said, “There were 20 tree felling incidents today due to continuous and heavy rains. Places like Bhavani Peth, Shukrawar Peth, Dhanori, Nana Peth, Kothrud, Sahakar Nagar and Karve Road were affected . We have not received any calls regarding waterlogging. There were no calls regarding people from low-lying areas.”
Riverside roads closed
Mutha river bed, the road behind Garware College, Khilare Vasti, road near the PMC Bhavan, Omkareshwar, Nene Ghat, Bhide bridge, Pulachiwadi, Kamgar Putala, Ashtabhuja Mandir (Narayan Peth), Dengle Bridge, Warje-Shivane, Sitabaug Colony road are closed due to flood water. The PMC has appealed to people not to park vehicles along the roadside of rivers.
The wards affected due to water being released from Khadakwasla dam were low-lying areas of Aundh (partial), Ghole Road (Prabhag 36), Warje (Prabhag 105 and 113), Dhole Patil (Prabhag 49 and 37), Sangam Wadi (18, 19 and 5), Kasba (minimal) and, Tilak Road (128 and 129). The wards which have low-lying areas like Vitthalwadi and Anandnagar of Tilak Road ward are more vulnerable as flood water enters buildings.