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Friday, Nov 22, 2019

Water nightmare deja vu for residents of Pune’s Padmavati, Sahakarnagar

It was barely a month ago, that flash floods created havoc at Gururaj Housing Society, Padmavati, disturbing the lives of the many residents

pune Updated: Oct 23, 2019 16:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
People seen wading through a waterlogged street while commuters of a PMPML bus look for help on the Lohegaon-Dhanori road on Tuesday.
People seen wading through a waterlogged street while commuters of a PMPML bus look for help on the Lohegaon-Dhanori road on Tuesday.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Pune has been experiencing another bout of rain since Saturday, bringing back memories of the incessant rains that wreaked havoc in the city on September 25-26.

For residents of Gururaj Housing Society and adjoining areas of Padmavati and Sahakarnagar, their worst fears came back to haunt them, as water breached Ambil Odha (spring) and entered into their society once again on Tuesday.

It was barely a month ago, that flash floods created havoc at Gururaj Housing Society, Padmavati, disturbing the lives of the many residents.

While the September 25-26 flash floods was the result of a wall collapse surrounding the Ambil Odha, the civic administration’s apathy not to rebuild the wall, led to water entering into the society once again on Monday night.

Nitin Kadam, social worker and a leader of Nationalist Congress party said, “Houses on the banks of the Ambil Odha were affected due to the rains on October 21. The residents had already started preparing for Diwali, but they will have to start the preparations all over again as water entered their homes, leaving it muddy.”

Water entered the basement of Gururaj Housing Society as Katraj received 50 mm rainfall. Keshav Dongre, a resident of the society said, “As water entered the society, he residents immediately vacated their homes. Water has entered the basement parking of three buildings. This has now become a regular affair, we want the PMC to rebuild the wall around Ambil Odha.”

Prashant Ranpise, head, PMC fire brigade department said, “The department received three calls from eight locations for water logging. Some of the calls were from Aundh, Dhanori and Fatimanagar areas.”

“A private company bus broke down in Dhanori due to waterlogging in the area leaving 23 passengers stranded. As soon as we received a call, the officers rushed to the spot and rescued the passengers. We also received complaints of water entering Gardenia Housing Society, Wagaonsheri and Treasure Park, Sahkarnagar. There were three cases of branch felling at various locations,” added Ranpise.

According to residents of Treasure park, water entered the societies parking and the jogging track. As a precautionary measure, the housing society stopped all lift operations for a few hours.

Lesson learnt; need new action plan and more manpower

This year’s monsoon has proven to be difficult for the fire brigade department as they have been receiving numerous calls regarding waterlogging and tree felling incidents in the city.

“This monsoon has taught us a lesson, that we should be more prepared and draw out new action plans for such situations in the future,” said Prashant Ranpise, head, PMC fire brigade department.

He added, “The department has been facing a critical situation. Whenever it rains, we receive a hundred calls within a short period from various locations, and we are not able to address the all. Considering this the department is coming up with a new action plan. The department is short-staffed, we have sent a proposal to the civic body to sanction more manpower, however, there has been no approval from the state government.”

Incessant downpour brings 42 mm rainfall in Pune; 56 mm in Lohegaon

The India Metrological Department (IMD) has forecast thunderstorm along with lightning, gusty winds and heavy rainfall at isolated places in Pune and adjoining areas on October 23.

According to IMD, it is going to be a rainy Diwali as the department has forecast light to moderate rainfall in the city and adjoining areas from October 23 to October 26 and on October 30.

The city witnessed heavy, incessant rain throughout the night on Monday with the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) observatory at Shivajinagar recording 42.4 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours ending 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

IMD said the heavy rain could be attributed to the presence of low pressure over south east – east central Arabian Sea and because of that southernly winds over the coastal areas of Goa, Konkan and Karnataka. Associated cyclonic circulation extended upto 4.5 km above mean sea level, IMD said.

According to the weather department, the city witnessed 42.4 mm rainfall in Shivajinagar, 56.4 mm in Lohegaon and 32.0 mm in Pashan in the last 24 hours.

Localities like Kothrud, Sinhagad Road, Satara Road and Balgandharv Chowk saw water logging in the morning hours creating traffic jams.

The weather department has forecast heavy to moderate rainfall in the next 24 hours for parts of Maharashtra including Pune.