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Monsoon in Pune: Fortuitous escape after tree falls on Model colony road damaging 7 vehicles, injuring only one

The fire brigade and the city traffic police cleared the road paving the way for the vehicles.

pune Updated: Jul 12, 2018 14:35 IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune
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One of the vehicles that was badly damaged after the tree fell on Model colony road, on Shivajinagar, on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the traffic to a halt for more than half an hour. (HT PHOTO )

A woman was injured and seven vehicles were badly damaged after a tree fell down in Model colony road, Shivajinagar, on Tuesday afternoon bringing the traffic to a halt for more than half an hour. The fire brigadeand the city traffic police cleared the road paving the way for the vehicles. Prashant Ranpise, chief fire officer, Pune Municipal Corporation, said that a huge tree inside BSNL office in the area fell down injuring a resident identified as Yashoda Kulkarni. She was admitted to a nearby hospital and received stitches on her head.

The officials of Kasba peth fire brigade said that they received a call from one of the residents around 3.27 pm after which the fire vehicles and staffers were rushed to the spot for rescue operations. “ The BSNL wall crashed due to weight of the tree and at same time, seven vehicles including two wheelers and four wheelers were damaged. We have informed the police about the incident and it will be recorded in the station diary ,”Ranpise said.

Eyewitnesses said that the tree came crashing down due to strong winds and rains. There were not many people around that time and this averted major mishaps. The fire brigade officials said that the footfall in the area was less as it was lunch time.

Sinhagad ghat to remain closed for at least week post landslide

Following the incident of landslide at Sinhagad ghat on Sunday, the state forest department has issued a notice saying that the ghat will remain closed for at least a week.

“We are clearing the debris using earthmoving machines. We are also taking measures to locate the landslide-prone areas. To avoid chaos and to avert life threatening situations, the ghat will remain closed for vehicles for a week. The villagers will be allowed to use the road in case of emergency. Our main objective now is to avoid casualty,” said Shreelaxmii Annabhathula, deputy conservator of forest.

Continuous rains caused the landslide near Umbardand point on Sunday. The ill-fated point is one kilometre away from the top of the fort and 8 kilometres from the base.

The trekking route from Atkarwadi village will be open as it does not have any ‘dangerous’ spots.

Hindustan Times team visited the road on Tuesday and witnessed the clearing work. Just ahead of the entry point, a minor landslide had occurred and a tree had fallen on the road, but the workers immediately cleared it and made way for machines to reach the main landslide spot.

The work of clearing the debris is going on in full swing and the workers have been instructed to be cautious as even a small jolt might trigger another landslide.

“We haven’t been told to install protective nets here. Right now, we are just clearing the road. Further course of action will be decided after the forest officials visit tomorrow,” said one worker.

MP Bahvsar, assistant conservator of forest, will visit the area on Wednesday.

Very heavy, is rain forecast for today

India Meteorological Department (IMD) Pune on Monday issued warnings of excess rainfall in parts of Konkan and Goa and very heavy rainfall in parts of central Maharashtra, including Pune and Marathwada, on July 11 and July 12. One of the vehicles that was badly damaged after the tree fell on Model colony road, Shivajinagar, on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the traffic to a halt for more than half an hour.

According to a weather department official, the average water storage capacity of four dams, including Khadakwasla, Temghar, Panshet and Varasgaon, has risen to 31.64 per cent on Monday following good rainfall in the catchment areas.

State irrigation department officials said that the catchment areas of four dams have been receiving high rainfall.

16% drop in Kharif sowing due to slight monsoon delay

Pune district has witnessed a decline in sowing for the kharif season this year due to the slight delay in the monsoon arriving.

As per the latest data of the state agriculture department, kharif sowing on 38,525 hectares has been completed in the district as on July 9, which is 16 per cent down from the 74,889 hectares sown in the corresponding period in 2017.

Data suggests that overall just 16 per cent of the season’s total sowing has been done in the Pune district thus far.So far, sowing of rice, maize, soybean, tur and jowar have been done well. However sowing of rice was down by seven per cent.

Pune district has 70,000 hectares of land dedicated to rice cultivation.

The agricultural meteorological department, in its weekly sowing update released on Tuesday, said rains were expected to make a strong comeback between July 12 and July 13, which will help to hasten sowing.

Vijay Sthool, head of department of agricultural meteorology,

Agricultural college, said, “This year sowing activity was delayed because of the delayed monsoon.

“However, as far as crops like soyabean and jowar concerned there is no need to worry, as almost all the sowing has been completed.

“This come back of the monsoon will definitely help to improve statistics.”

Suhas Jadhav, associate researcher at Agricultural College, Pune, said,“As far as Pune is concerned, the sowing was reduced to only 16 per cent, as compared to 32 per cent during the same period last year. The situation is the same in every region.”

Pune flight delay irks passengers

Bengaluru-bound passengers of Spicejet were stranded at the Pune airport after the flight was delayed by 45 minutes on Tuesday. Passengers of the flight posted pictures on social media, showcasing the chaos that ensued at the airport.

Spicejet flight number SG 517 between Pune and Bengaluru, which was supposed to leave at 3:45 pm, departed after 4:16 pm, according to the flight status on Spicejet website. However, a passenger named Apurva tweeted that the flight was delayed by 45 minutes even as the signboard said “on time”.

Mumbai-Pune rail travel hit by heavy showers on both sides of the ghats

Three trains are cancelled on Wednesday, including the Mumbai-Pune Deccan Express, Mumbai-Pune Indrayani Express and Pune-Karjat-Pune passenger train, due to heavy monsoon showers in Mumbai.

Six trains were cancelled and two trains connecting Pune to various parts of western Maharashtra were diverted on Tuesday due to the rains, including Pune-Mumbai Indrayani Express, Pune-Mumbai Deccan Express and Pune-Karjat-Pune passenger train.

The Bhusaval Express connecting Pune to Bhusaval through Mumbai was diverted via Manmad-Daund on Tuesday and will be diverted the same way on Wednesday as well.

Pune Hazrat Nizamuddin Duranto Express passing through Vasai in Mumbai Metropolitan Area was also diverted due to heavy rainfall on Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Central Railway.

Daily commuters travelling on the Pune-Mumbai route will suffer as the cancelled trains carry the commuting workforce on a daily basis.

Mumbai received 168.5mm rain till 5.30 pm, Tuesday. Transport came to a standstill after railway tracks were submerged.

First Published: Jul 11, 2018 16:33 IST