Khadakwasla dam water released; Pune Muncipal Corporation on alert

Fire brigade has been put on alert while police force has been deployed near the river bed to control the crowd of curious citizens.

pune Updated: Jul 23, 2017 12:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Vehicles submerged in flooded waters on riverbed road near Bhide Bridge on Saturday.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Incessant rains in the city since the past one week have caused the Pune Municipal Corporation to take immediate safety measures. With the irrigation department discharging water from Khadakwasla Dam into Mutha river, the civic administration has asked citizens to stay away from using the roads on river bed. Police have barricaded all entry and exit points to river bed as a precautionary measure.

Fire brigade has been put on alert while police force has been deployed near the river bed to control the crowd of curious citizens. People have been asked not to park their vehicles on the river bed road. A large number of people were seen on bridges to watch the swollen river.Irrigation officials decided to increase water discharge in view of consistent heavy rainfall in catchment areas of four dams---Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar. Water discharge from Khadakwasla dam, the first in current monsoon, was 2,000 cusecs on Friday. Discharge was gradually increased and it was almost 13,981 cusecs on Saturday evening.

Special squads have been deployed on Sinhgad road as citizens are expected to visit the Sinhgad fort on Sunday. Police have also been deployed to control the crowd near Khadakwasla dam. The civic administration and police are monitoring the situation on other flood-prone areas in the city. .

Water discharge from Khadakwasla dam began from 2,000 cusecs on Friday morning. It was 5,500 cusses water on Saturday morning, 9,000 cusecs at noon, and 13,981 cusecs by evening.

ALERT CALL

Pune Municipal Corporation has appealed to citizens to contact the disaster management cell on 02025501269, 02025506800/1/2/3/4 in case of any assistance. These numbers are active round the clock. Citizens can also dial police control number 100.

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 12:48 IST