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CCTVs to check waterlogging and flooding yet to be installed

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC),which claimed to be ready with its disaster management plan for the year,is yet to install CCTV cameras to identify waterlogging spots and monitor flooding of nullahs.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC),which claimed to be ready with its disaster management plan for the year,is yet to install CCTV cameras to identify waterlogging spots and monitor flooding of nullahs.

A few years ago,the city had witnessed flooding of nullahs and waterlogging at various junctions that had led to death of a few citizens.

The civic body had planned round-the-clock monitoring of flood-prone spots by installing CCTVs.

“The CCTV monitoring helped us handle the situation very effectively in the last two years. The monitoring of nullahs and spots of waterlogging ensured speedy response to the situation,” said Ganesh Sonune,project incharge of PMC disaster management.

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He said the city engineer department was responsible for installation of CCTVs until now,but this year there is no clarity which department will take up the job. “The disaster management department has now taken upon themselves to install the CCTVs,” he said.

The civic body has also set up a dedicated control room which would remain open 24X7 during monsoon.

He said the bulk SMS system is also being activated to send emergency messages to the authorities concerned. “The civic staff has been designated various responsibilities of disaster management. The ward offices have been directed to take help of citizens during emergency to avoid delay in rescue and relief operations,” he added.

He said a list of flood-prone areas alongside Mula and Mutha river have been prepared. As many as 12 nullah have been mentioned in the disaster management plan that may cause flooding at various locations.