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Here is how PCMC civic bodies plan to use technology to tackle floods this monsoon

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 8:16am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: In order to rescue hundreds of residents in Pimpri-Chinchwad area in time, the disaster management cell of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to make use of technology in marking the flood line in 15 spots in PCMC area with the use of satellite images. The civic administration is planning to spend Rs 11 lakh for the project by appointing private agency to draw flood line at various spots in PCMC.
When the state government approved the development plan for the PCMC in 1995, the irrigation department had taken a decision of marking flood line in PCMC area. The PCMC spent Rs 1.62 crore and marked flood line in riverbed of Indrayani, Pavana and Mula river. According to the floodline, the civic administration has imposed restrictions in construction in the areas which are falling under floodline. However, the construction activity in the PCMC has increased and various political parties have been demanding revision of flood line.
As demand for the revision of flood line in PCMC area is increasing, the civic department has initiated a proposal of drawing floodline at various spots in PCMC area. According to the officials of disaster management cell of PCMC, " The proposal is of appointing private agency to draw a floodline at nearly 15 spots in different areas PCMC. The agency will be using the modern technology like satellite imaging to understand the impact of the flood and accordingly the floodline will be drawn. The proposal is of Rs 11 lakh and it is now before the standing committee for the approval."
Like PCMC, the Pune Municipal Corporation has also identified 11 locations in the city where water is likely to enter in residential areas and these areas have been monitored with the help of CCTV cameras. The PMC officials told dna, " These areas are Katraj lake area, Sinhgad road area, old bridge in Aundh, Ambil Odha, Pulachiwadi, Phulenagar, Kamgar Putala, Khilare Patil nagar, Shivane, Harris bridge area in Bopodi and Patil estate slum where water enters in residential areas if city witnesses heavy rain."
Officials of the Disaster management cell of PMC said that if more than 45,000 cubic meter per second water is released from Khadakwasala dam, the staff is altered and residents are shifted to safer locations. The civic administration has already identified around 40 locations where citizens can be shifted in case of floods.

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