Pune: Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad on Thursday reviewed the pre-monsoon work being carried out by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). He instructed the officials to speed up and complete the work before the onset of the monsoon.
Gaikwad held a meeting with civic officials and reviewed the pre-monsoon work being carried out in the city. He told them to complete the work by May 31.
PMC has developed software, in which real-time progress of the pre-monsoon work is being uploaded.
The pre-monsoon work is being carried out by the PMC drainage department, road department and 15 ward officials. 300 labourers are cleaning the nullahs, stormwater drains, chambers, culverts and drainage lines.
There is a nullah network of 400 km in the city. Of this, 170 km of nullahs pass through flood-prone areas, including Katraj, Wadgaonsheri, all peth areas, Hadapsar, Pashan, Dhanori-Vishrantwadi, Hingne, Dattawadi, Aundh and Kothrud.
"Under the drainage department, nullahs cleaning work is going on in Hadapsar, Wadgaonsheri, Dhankawadi, Viman Nagar, Kothrud, Baner and Phursungi. Of the total 350-km of nullahs (excluding Ambil Odha), we have concentrated on 33-km of critical length. Till date, the drainage department has completed 80 per cent work of critical nullahs. There are 302 culverts on nullahs and the department cleaned and repaired 60 culverts so far,” said Pravin Gedam, chief superintendent engineer of the drainage department.
PMC road department chief superintendent VG Kulkarni said, "There are 650 km of stormwater drains, which have 36,395 chambers and 445 culverts. Around 35 per cent work of cleaning chambers and stormwater drains has been completed till date. Due to the lockdown, there is no traffic and hurdles in the cleaning work. We will complete the work by May 31."
Earlier, Gaikwad had informed that the machines would be tracked via GPS to pinpoint nalas and other cleaning work.