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Bhushi dam closed for tourists, vehicles

Several parts of the road leading to the Bhushi dam has submerged posing threat to the lives of the tourists. Police said that vehicles would be diverted to alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

pune Updated: Jul 23, 2017 12:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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People visit Khadakwasla Dam after 14 thousand cusec water was released from the dam in Pune.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

Pune rural police have banned entry of tourists towards Bhushi dam, which is a popular tourist destination during the monsoon. The decision was taken to avoid any mishap since the Bhushi dam has been overflowing since Saturday.

The Pune rural police officials said that the decision was taken as several parts of the dam became slippery because of heavy rainfall. Entry of tourists towards the dam was also prohibited because the water force and current is very strong in the area.

Several parts of the road leading to the Bhushi dam has submerged posing threat to the lives of the tourists, said Lonavala APl Arvind Kate. He did not mention when the ban, on tourists and vehicles, would be lifted. He, however, said that it would be difficult to withdraw the ban if heavy rainfall continues.

Massive police force has been deployed in and around Lonavala since they are expecting a huge crowd of tourists on Sunday. Three teams have been formed to monitor movement of vehicles and tourists and they will be deployed in and around Lonavala city.

Police said that vehicles would be diverted to alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion. They have appealed to tourists to follow traffic rules and prohibitions to avoid any inconvenience to the public.

Police are taking all precautions as the first death in the current monsoon season was reported last week. A youth died after he slipped and sustained serious head injuries.

Rail traffic between Pune and Mumbai was affected for an hour on Saturday when an overhead wire got damaged because mild landslide at monkey hill near Lonavala. Railway engine driver of Koyna Express coming towards Pune noticed the damaged overhead wire and stopped the train. Train traffic was restored after an hour. All the trains coming towards Pune were running behind schedule by an hour during the period.

Spike in Sale

Despite heavy rains, Puneites were seen busy preparing to celebrate Sunday. Long queues were seen outside mutton and chicken shops as Shravan will begin from Monday. Many people do not eat non vegetarian food during Shravan.Sale of chicken, mutton and fish was high while caterers also got large number of orders.

According to a rough estimate, sale of mutton and chicken increased three times on Saturday. Mutton shop owner Omkar Kamble said that he expects a three fold increase in sale of mutton on Sunday.

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 12:55 IST