Following heavy rain in the city and water from Khadakwasla dam being released into the Mutha river, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) staff have been put on alert to ensure there is no delay in shifting people, particularly those living on the river banks, in case an emergency situation arises out of flooding.
Initially, the flow of water was 30,000 cusecs, which submerged the riverside road and Bhide bridge in Deccan area. The water touched a slab of the bridge in front of the PMC building. Water flow was reduced in the evening.
“The citizens living along the river have been asked to be careful while the civic staff have been put on alert for taking necessary steps if a situation arises,” said Ganesh Sonune, PMC disaster management officer.
Fifteen families living in slums along the Mutha river were shifted to a safe place while slum dwellers near Juna Bazaar were evacuated from their residences following fears that water may enter their locality.
The civic administration said that water gushed into a housing society in Vadgaonsheri.
There were reports of water entering the locality near Mhendale in Erandwane but the situation was brought under control.
Similar incidents were reported from Dhankawadi and Hadapsar area where water entered huts.
A wall collapsed in Budhwar Peth but there were no reports of anyone getting injured. Many roads were waterlogged, as inlets of stormwater drains were choked by waste.
Water discharged from the dam was reduced to 26,367 cusecs in the evening to avoid any panic on the riverside, he said adding that the irrigation department and the civic administration would communicate constantly during the release of water fromthe dam. The PMC has brought the disaster management plan in action and accordingly steps are being taken, Sunune said.