Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

Year after Katraj floods, admin bans construction on slopes

The district administration has put up boards to prevent construction activities on Katraj hillslopes. The district administration has put up boards to prevent construction activities on Katraj hillslopes.
Express News Service | Pune | Posted: June 18, 2014 6:14 am

Ahead of monsoon, the district administration is taking precautions to prevent a repeat of flash floods that had been witnessed last year by clogged drainage attributed to construction activities, which prevented flow of rainwater. The administration has put up boards preventing transportation of vehicles transporting construction materials on the slope and has also informed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) about a canal that needs widening and another that needs to be cleaned.

The district administration has also sent notice to a builder to stop construction work on the hilltop .

A senior official from the district administration said their team surveyed the area for planning action to prevent any floods during of the monsoon and sounded the NHAI about two canals that needed attention.

“We visited all spots and issued two notices to NHAI regarding a canal that needs to be widened as well as another canal at Jambhulwadi which needs to be cleared,” said an official.

Meanwhile, the district administration has issued a notice to a builder under Criminal Procedure Code and under rules of the Disaster Management Act for digging up the area.

“We have issued the notices and are initiating action as the survey was carried out by both Bhor and Haveli taluka SDOs,” said the officials.

A signboard that states no vehicles are permitted on the roads carrying construction materials has been put up in the area.

“We even got a trench made so that vehicles do not use the road used frequently by those into construction business,” added the officials. Last year, on June 6, two lives were lost after flash floods led to flooding of the highway since there was no passage left for water to flow and the roads were submerged. The National Highways Authority of India and Reliance Infra had cleared the pathways and undertaken remedial measures. The the district collector had announced re-laying of drainage lines.

With the road at the site being too narrow, there were efforts to clear the debris on the roadside that had led to obstruction of water flow last year.

A canal that had been dug near the octroi post had not been constructed properly and the roads continued to be dotted with potholes.

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