As India Meteorological Department has predicted early arrival of South west monsoon, the Pune Municipal Corporation is also gearing up to tackle the possible flood situation. PMC has already activated its disaster management cell even before the arrival of monsoon and it will be monitored at the ward level in decentralised manner.
PMC has already identified 11 locations in the city which are low lying areas and if the water level in the river increases, water can be entered in these areas. A PMC official said, " These areas are being covered with CCTV cameras and the monitoring of these cameras will be done at the ward office along with main office. In case of heavy rain, the ward office officials will be in a better condition to evacuate citizens from their respective jurisdictions."
These areas include 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.
PMC officials said, " Heavy rain results into increasing water level in Khadakwasala dam. If the water level increases upto certain level, water is released form dam. If 45,000 cubic meter per second water is released from the dam, the river water level increases considerably and in that case, people will have to be shifted to a safer location. We have identified around 40 such locations where citizens can be shifted in case of emergency."
Meanwhile, the disaster management cell has started training sessions for its employees to react in an emergency situation. The training is being conducted at the ward level.