Heavy Rain causes Problems to Punekars – 4 Bridges Closed – It has been raining cats and dogs all over Maharashtra past few weeks now. Heavy rainfall has been recorded at various places of Maharashtra this year. Pune is also among the few districts that has received heavy rainfall this year after the harsh summer. Pune recorded 42.2mm of water on Friday and IMD had to revise its forecast for Pune on Friday to include heavy rainfall. The irrigation department increased release of water from the dam, from 9,218 cu secs in the afternoon to 42,000 cu secs by evening.
Khadakwasla Dam’s water was released few days back to the Mutha River. Due to this the bridges in Pune are facing water over flow, especially the low catchment areas. The Jayantrao Tilak Bridge, SM Joshi Bridge, the two-wheeler Kakasaheb Gadgil Bridge (Z-bridge) and Baba Bhide causeway of Pune were shut down. These Bridges are a day to day travel route for locals and they had to face problems due to its closing down.
These heavy rains caused a lot of inconvenience on Friday, with commuters complaining of water logging on city roads and heavy traffic jams too.With the bloated Mutha, water levels had reached up to the Bhide Bridge and Tilak Bridge, forcing the civic administration to close the bridges for public as a precautionary measure.
Every year these Bridges in Pune face water clogging and overflow, but this year the scenario was even more thoughtful after the heavy rainfall.
The low catchment areas of Sinhagad road are facing flood-like situation. Around 70 families living here, including those from Ekta Nagar on Sinhagad Road, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar and Kamgar Putla in Shivajinagar were shifted while the residents of Rajput slums were asked to vacate and move to PMC’s transit accommodations or any other safer place.
The Indian Metrological Department (IMD) says that the inland and offshore systems have contributed to the new spells of rain. P C S Rao of the weather forecasting department at IMD, Pune, said that “There has been a merging over Gujarat and northern Maharashtra, along with offshore weather systems. Both have contributed to the moisture which caused these rains”
Source: The Indian Express