Pune: As the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is engaged in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak, it is also concerned about completing the pre-monsoon work before the deadline. According to the PMC, it is necessary to start the pre-monsoon work now. Otherwise, it will be difficult to complete it before the monsoon. This work cannot be stopped or delayed. The city had to face the monsoon fury last year in Katraj-Bibvewadi areas. The municipal commissioner held a meeting regarding the pre-monsoon work on Thursday. The next meeting will be conducted on Monday.
PMC drainage department chief engineer Pravin Gedam told Sakal Times, “We require at least two months to complete the pre-monsoon work. We will have to start in April. We discussed this with the municipal commissioner. He has instructed to check availability of labour. We will make arrangements for funds for work. We called contractors and asked them whether they are ready to provide labour for the work. We will table a report of workforce availability in the Monday meeting and take a call.”
The pre-monsoon work includes cleaning of nullahs, storm water drains and chambers. Typically, the work starts in April every year. It will be carried out by the 15 ward offices and the main drainage department. Every ward office spends Rs 25 lakh on the pre-monsoon work.
Around 400-km of nullah channels will be cleaned in the city. Of these 170 km of nullahs passes through high-flooded areas. The high flooded areas include Katraj, Wadgaon Sheri, all peth areas, Hadapsar, Pashan, Dhanori-Vishrantwadi, Hingne, Dattawadi, Aundh and Kothrud.
There are around 200 km of storm water drain lines and 40,000 chambers in the city. There are over 500 culverts over nullahs in the city.
Problems during the monsoon
Every year, citizens face issues due to incomplete pre-monsoon work. The city faces waterlogging. According to civic officials, citizens dump garbage in the nullahs, which not only comes on the roads but also chokes the nullahs. Waterlogging in Peth areas results in traffic jams, and commuters face major problems.