Pune roads flooded, traffic jammed after city receives 101mm rainfall
Heavy rains disrupted normal life, with the city receiving 80mm rainfall within an hour in the afternoon, leading to massive traffic jams.Updated: Oct 13, 2017 23:19 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
Normal life in the city was thrown out of gear due to heavy water logging and minor flooding in low lying areas of the city on Friday afternoon. Even as heavy rains lashed the city , roads riddled with potholes made commuting difficult for Puneites resulting in massive traffic jams.
According to the traffic police control room, massive water logging was reported at Vaiduwadi in Hadapsar, Balewadi Phata and Poultry underpass at Patil Estate slums, where commuters remained stranded. It took well over an hour for the traffic police to clear the traffic jam. There were reports of water logging at Satara road, Sahakar Nagar and other areas as well.
Deputy commissioner (Traffic) Ashok Morale, who visited three water logging spots, said that the sudden downpour took commuters by surprise and within a very short time, the roads were inundated with water. “We have recorded three incidents of massive water logging in Hadapar, Balewadi and Patil Estate. The traffic jams had a very deep impact on the movement of traffic across the city. We opened the other side of the waterlogged roads to provide an outlet to the traffic. It took us an hour to streamline the roads and the situation is completely under control ,” he added.
Ashok Yenpure, a two-wheeler rider who got stuck at Shivajinagar, said that the massive traffic jam prevented any movement of traffic in the area and it took over an hour for him to reach Yerawada, which otherwise is a twenty-minute journey for him. Yenpure said that more number of traffic policemen should have been deployed and blamed the PMC for carrying out shoddy road work without any proper planning causing water logging across the city.
Suneeta Ghadge, an IT professional from Hadapsar, blamed the PMC and traffic police for failing to discharge their duties. “Had the PMC done proper work and planned the drainage construction precisely, such high levels of water logging would not have taken place. The traffic police are least prepared to handle monsoon-related traffic jams and professional training must be imparted to traffic policemen to make them monsoon-worthy ” she added.
Meanwhile, the PMC ward officials from water logged areas rushed to the spot to help the commuters in easing their travelling woes. The drainage staffers were seen pumping out water at some places in Shivajinagar. The engineering department staff from the roads department were also present on the ground, PMC officials said.
First Published: Oct 13, 2017 23:12 IST