The first major pre-monsoon shower accompanied by strong winds in Pune this year crippled the city on Wednesday evening, leading to power outages and traffic snarls in several areas and uprooting trees in at least 10-12 trees places.
There was heavy waterlogging too on arterial roads. By 8.30 pm, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had recorded 102.6 mm rainfall, most of it in the two hours between 6 pm to 8 pm.
The traffic situation worsened when traffic signals at some key squares, including Balagnadharva Chowk, were rendered non-functional due to power failure.
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Fire brigade officials said tree-falling incidences were reported from areas including Aundh, Baner, Pashan, Model Colony and Katraj.
Officials at the Traffic Control Room said traffic on all major roads and many arterial roads was moving slow till late in the night due to water-logging and malfunctioning of traffic lights.
“As an emergency response, we have sent its teams to regulate traffic, especially on roads where it was moving very slowly, like FC Road, Ganeshkhind Road, Shankar Shet Road,” said a policeman manning the traffic control room.
According to MSEDCL spokesperson Nishikant Raut, major power outages were reported in Bhosari, Baner Road and Tingare Nagar areas. “There were power outages in several areas, but supply was restored by 10 pm,” he said, adding that power outages were caused by heavy storm, rain and tree-falling.