Flood of trouble

Despite PMC’s assurances, residents in certain areas are already facing major issues with water entering their homes; complaints to the civic body go unheard, they say
With the monsoon having arrived in earnest in Pune, dams have filled up and water troubles may have receded a little. However, flood-prone areas in the city are facing their annual battle against overflowing nullahs, safety walls being washed away, etc.As many as 12 sensitive areas have been identified by the Pune Fire Brigade and Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) disaster management cell that are disturbed by heavy rains and flood-like conditions every monsoon.While the last two days of steady rain already have residents antsy, PMC has now decided to run their Flood Control cell 247 from now on. PMC additional municipal commissioner, Prerna Deshbhratar, said, “We have identified 79 spots in the city where water logging can occur.Along with the PMC main building, our flood control cell will be open round the clock. We have also imparted disaster management training to 1,100 of our staff.“

However, when Mirror visited some of the spots, residents seemed less than confident.


Anand Park in Tingrenagar has a nullah flowing right in the midst of its bungalows and residential societies. The main problem here is that the protection wall built by PMC is not strong or high enough to withstand heavy rain and the subsequent overflow of water. Anuradha Kokate, a homemaker and local resident, said, “Waterlogging is a major issue here every year. Last year, all the parking lots were flooded. Even now, after a few days of rain, we cannot walk on the roads or send our children to school till the water recedes. We have asked PMC repeatedly to clean the nullah and increase the height of the wall. But, nothing has come of it.“

The situation is equally grim in the residential area surrounding the Vishrantwadi Query Lake on Vishrantwadi­Dhanori Road. The Kasturba `B’ wing colony which lies right beside the lake has water entering the houses and buildings every year. Narendra Parkhi, a resident of this colony for the past 30 years, said, “During the monsoon last year, all our furniture, clothes and household items were damaged after water entered the house.We are living in fear that the water level of the lake will rise again. Two days ago, after heavy rain, the water in our parking lot was a foot deep. If the rains continue, the lake will soon overflow and there is no safety wall to control the water. We will have to go and stay with our relatives for a few days.“

Vinod Pawar, a local resident and social activist, said, “We have formed a group of residents living near the nullah and the lake. Cleaning the nullah and building a proper safety wall should have been done much earlier we had given it in writing in all our complaints.“


Well known as a flood-prone area, the slums here are a major obstacle for rescue operations during the rains. The area is just on the bank of the Mula river, with Sangamwadi Bridge on its other side. Though a safety wall has been built, rising water levels see the slums flood during the monsoon. This usually happens when over 30,000 cusecs of water are released from the Khadakwasla dam or if there is heavy rain for a few days.

Local resident Ashok Divte said, “We are completely helpless here. When there is continuous heavy rain, the water levels of the river increases and comes into our houses.As we are slum people, even the PMC does not bother to protect us from this problem.Many residents shift to other slums or go to relatives’ homes during the rainy season.“


These neighbouring areas are also next to the river, making them easy targets for flooding during the monsoon. Also, several construction sites have come up on the flood control line set by PMC. This has led to many housing societies and houses not getting the completion certificate. Every monsoon, waterlogging is a major problem in this area, with the water remaining for several days.

Ballal Joshi, a senior citizen whose house is right next to the river, said, “PMC has set up water level markings on our houses. But, there are no arrangements to protect us. A concrete safety wall needs to be built and the river needs to be cleaned on a regular basis to avoid waterlogging.“

Another resident, Narmada Satav, said, “Some years ago, there was heavy rain and water level had come up to the first floor of our building. We were stuck for two days in our houses. Since then, every monsoon, whenever we feel like water levels may rise, we stock up on essentials. This way, even if we are stuck in our houses for days, we will not go hungry. But, PMC needs to take more responsibility. If they are taking taxes from us, is it not their duty to ensure our safety during emergencies.“


Despite being in the heart of the city, this area, too, comes near the riverbed and is affected every year during the rains. Residents living here are then shifted to nearby schools by the civic administration after an alert is sounded by the irrigation department.PMC has built a safety wall right in front of Pulachi Wadi, next to Bhide Bridge over the river.

This year, too, local residents are preparing to move to other places. Sharnappa Kamble, a local resident, told Mirror, “Three years ago, our house was almost completely flooded and we did not even get time to move our things. Since then, we prepare in advance before the monsoon and shift our furniture and other important items.“ Another resident, Mahesh Kadam, said, “We all want good rain this year as we have been facing water cuts. But, PMC also needs to make proper safety arrangements for the thousands of people living near the riverbed. There are also hawkers near this bridge who need to be moved. The height of the safety wall needs to be increased, too.“

Source : Mirror



Bridge over Mula river to cost PCMC Rs 42 crore

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Monday approved the proposal for constructing a permanent bridge for the benefit of Bopkhel residents on Mula river at an estimated cost of Rs 42 crore.

The bridge, as per civic officials, will be completed in one-and-a-half year. Currently , the 21,000-odd residents of the village have to take a long detour of about 16km to reach Khadki as the CME had dismantled the temporary bridge on the river earlier this month.

The estimated cost of the bridge has more than doubled considering around sixtime increase in its length.At 192-meter in length, the earlier total cost of bridge along with the approach roads measuring 547 meter was at Rs 18 crore.

Rajan Patil, joint city engineer, PCMC said, “The width of the bridge will be 9 meter, including 7.5 meter width for vehicles’ movement and 1.5-meter wide footpath. The civic body has sent the revised plan of the bridge to the state irrigation department as per its suggestion that there must be no abutment of bridge in the blue floodline. We expect the approval of the irrigation department for this revised plan in a week. Thereafter, we will invite bids from the contractors. The actual construction of the bridge will start once the monsoon ends. The construction of the bridge will be completed in one-anda-half-year time after the work order is allotted.“

“The surface level of the bridge will be 0.6 meter above the high flood level as per the state irrigation department norms. The high flood level is the maximum flood level in past 50 years. So the bridge will not get submerged due to floods in the river,“ Patil said.

Local corporator Sanjay Kate said, “The new permanent bridge will provide permanent connectivity to Bopkhel with Khadki.“

Source : TOI


PCMC allots Rs 90L to clean Pavana

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will soon initiate cleaning of Pavana riverbed from Kiwale to Dapodi for a cost of Rs 90 lakh.

Sanjay Kulkarni, executive engineer (environment department) of PCMC said the river has become home to mosquitoes ever since temporary water diversion structures were erected while constructing bridges on it.

Moreover, treated or untreated sewage water is being discharged into the river with construction debris.

Twelve locations have been identified along the 20km stretch of Pavana, from basket bridge, Ravet to Dapodi for the cleaning work. Kulakarni said, “We had invited bids for the contract around six months ago as we wanted to start the work in March-April itself, but there was a delay in receiving the approval.“

However, the work will start soon. “If there are heavy rains then it will be stopped. The contract period is of two years,“ Kulkarni added.

Source : TOI



PMC plans a plant at Wagholi to rid debris

Mounting garbage, including construction debris, on city streets and the riverbed and the state government’s delay in providing land for waste management has prompted the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to clean up its own mess. Now, a two-acre plot of barren land at Wagholi has been identified by the civic body to set up a debris processing plant, which will be the second such establishment in the country after Delhi.

Elaborating on the PMC’s plan of action on Wednesday, municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar said, “The district administration has allotted land to set up a debris processing plant, work for which will begin soon. At present, there is only one such plant located in Delhi. Right now, there is no system in place to sort out the debris problem and people are dumping it on the riverside or in open areas. We have already made a Detailed Project Report (DPR) and will float a tender in January.“

Construction and demolition (C&D) waste is piling up by the day with burgeoning real estate projects across the city and its outskirts. According to the study, the construction industry in India generates about 10-12 million tonnes of C&D waste annually, whereas Pune city alone is responsible for almost 125 tonnes of daily C&D debris. The PMC has placed a ban on dumping debris at open spaces, the riverbed, nulluhs and quarries, charging a fine of Rs 25,000 for violations. To escape action, people dump their debris into the river at night.Besides that, the civic body carries out dem olition drives on unauthorised constructions within the city limits as well. The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have also undertaken development work within the city, producing almost 1500 tonnes of debris within the corporation limits.

Rohot Gera, vice-president of The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai) said, “We welcome the PMC’s move to set up a debris processing plant. It is a major issue in the real estate sector. We try to recycle the maximum amount of debris, but that’s not possible all the time. So, we ask contractors to dispose of the waste. But, there is no specific area of disposal. Sometimes, he places the debris in a prohibited area and is fined.When this happens, the builder is always hauled up and every one puts the blame on him. No builder tells a contractor to dump debris in a particular area. It is completely the contractor’s responsibility where to dump it. This initiative will provide a designated place for disposal.“

As of now, most of crusher activities have begun for the plant at Wagholi. After floating the tender, PMC has set a time limit of six months for the plant’s installation.This plant will recycle construction material, which can be used for brick production. It will segregate cement, bricks, tar and other material and reprocess it through modern machinery. The Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) is a pioneer for such a plant set up to process construction and demolition waste.

The DMC had set up a recycling plant of C&D waste in 2010, during the Commonwealth Games. The IL&FS Environment Infrastructure Services Limited (IEISL) set up a 500 TPD capacity processing plant in Delhi on the public private partnership model, to manage C&D waste and collected and transported approximately 2, 00,000 tonnes of C&D waste from the streets of Delhi during the games.
Source : Pune Mirror



Dengue in fringe area nobody’s concern

They blamed the sewage water flowing from an adja cent residential apartmen which gets accumulated a the society’s entrance ma king it a perfect ground for mosquitoes to breed and spread disease. Besides, the re is an overpowering stench hanging in the air througho ut the day , they said.

“Seven people living in our society have tested posi tive for dengue in the last 12 months. We have put up our concerns with the gram pan chayat of Pisoli and with the health officials, but all our complainants have fallen on deaf ears. There are no initi atives to resolve the drainage problem. It has been plagu ing us ever since we moved to this society one and half years ago,“ said Subheshwar Pathak. He lives in Arc Gaurav housing society in Pisoli, a residential apartment of 186 flats in Haveli taluka.

Pisoli is one of the 34 villages slated for merger with the Pune Municipal Corporation. As an extension to Kondhwa, Undri and Mohammadwadi, it has seen significant growth recently . However, since it is under the gram panchayat, civic infrastructure is a challenge for people living in Pisoli.

“Our society falls within the purview of the gram panchayat, but is not registered with it. Hence, we have no local government to look up to.We are left on our own. The builder does not pay any heed to our complaints,“ another resident Vaibhav Kadam said.

The residents said they had been living with the drai nage water accumulation at their entrance gate for more than a year.

“Water used by an adjacent society forms a pool at our gate and mosquitoes breed. There is no respite from mosquito bites. Children keep falling sick and repellents like coils and vapourisers are of no use,“ he added.

Another resident Ravindra Bhasme said mosquitoes had made their lives a hell. “Besides, there are issues of drinking water scarcity , bad internal roads, no street lights. No public representative or political leaders are willing to take up these issues because we are not their voters,“ he added.

“Our society is not registered with the gram panchayat. Hence, when we approached those officials they refused to help. We are at our wits end. We wonder if we are li ving in Pune which is vying for a smart city tag or in some remote corner disconnected from good living condi tions,“ Bhasme said.

Not just dengue and mala ria, water-borne illnesses are also making house calls. “Se veral people in our society are also being diagnosed with typ hoid. We fear for ourselves our elderly and children,“ sa id Shikha Sinha, a resident.

Another Pisoli resident Prakash Zende said, “The open drainage and its stench have made our living miserable. This place has also become a hub for scavenging animals. It is risky to let our children play in the open.“

“Swarms of mosquitoes enter our houses by 5pm. The ear of coming down with dengue is on our minds all he time. We have to keep our doors and windows closed round-the-clock,“ Jitendra Le e, a resident, said.

“The accumulation of dirty water here is a health hazard for many housing societies and manufacturing units,“ Mandeep Singh, a resident, said.

Bhagawan Pawar, dis rict health officer (DHO) responsible for public health of people living outside the municipal corporation areas n Pune, said, “We have not received any complaint. I will personally resolve the matter at the earliest.“

Nitin Agrawal, one of the developers of Arc Gaurav, re used any comment. “I am ravelling and cannot say anything right now,“ he said.His partner Ajay Raka rema ned unreachable.
Source : TOI



Civic body mute while Mula-Mutha river in Pune chokes with debris

The road planned from Vithalwadi to National Highway 4 has blocked 50% of the river bed at some areas and reduced the flood carrying capacity of the river by 25.89% – according to official data from the irrigation department. The construction of the road began in late 2012. Trucks filled with debris and sand were emptied along the river bed and the embankment wall was constructed along the river line.

Speaking with iamin, Sarang Yadwadkar, a city based activist involved in the agitation said, “The width of the river has reduced by almost 50% due to the sand that was dumped along the river. We filed a case in the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Delhi bench in January 2013. The court sent an order to the PMC to clear the sand at the earliest.”

Yadwadkar filed a contempt case with the NGT in January 2014 as no action was taken even after a year. “The court sent a final order in January 2015 criticising PMC’s delay in carrying out the work. They gave a three month time period which was opposed by the PMC and challenged in the Supreme Court,” added Yadwadkar, describing the background of the case.

While PMC lost the case in the Supreme Court, they were asked to clear the sand and reduce the size of the road to ensure minimal damage to the water body. “The deadline given to the PMC is August 12 but they are yet to follow the orders. If a flood like situation arises, the citizens will be the ones to suffer due to this careless attitude of the civic body,” Yadwadkar added.

Members of National Society for Clean Cities have also sent letters to the commissioner, Kunal Kumar urging him to act immediately in this case.
Source : DNA



कालव्याच्या स्वच्छतेबाबत प्रशासन, लोकप्रतिनिधी उदासीन

हडपसर : जुन्या मुळा-मुठा कालव्यात जलपर्णी मोठ्या प्रमाणात वाढली आहे. नागरिकांकडून कालव्यात कचरा टाकला जात आहे. अनधिकृत मिळकतीमधून मोठ्या प्रमाणात सांडपाणी सोडण्यात येत असल्याने सार्वजनिक आरोग्य धोक्‍यात आले आहे. कालव्याच्याकडेला अतिक्रमणांत वाढ झाली आहे. त्याकडे पाटंबधारे विभाग व महापालिकेचे दुर्लक्ष होत आहे.

कालव्यातील सांडपाणी आणि कचरा यामुळे डास, दुर्गंधी, माशांचे प्रमाण वाढले असून परिसरातील नागरिक आजारी पडत आहेत. पावसाळ्यात डेंगीचे रुग्ण कालव्याकडेच्या सोसायट्यांमध्ये अधिक आढळतात. त्यामुळे कालव्याची स्वच्छता ठेवणे आवश्‍यक आहे. सुमारे चार किलोमीटर अंतराचा हा कालवा हडपसर व ढोले पाटील क्षेत्रीय कार्यालयाच्या हद्दीतून जातो. कालवा भूमिगत करून त्यावर रस्ता तयार करावा, कालव्याकडेची अतिक्रमणे हटवावीत व होणाऱ्या अतिक्रमणांवर कारवाई व्हावी, यासाठी परिसरातील नागरिकांनी पाटबंधारे विभागाकडे याबाबत अनेकदा पाठपुरावा केला. मात्र याकडे संबधित प्रशासनाचे दुर्लक्ष होत आहे. कालव्याकडेला दिवसेंदिवस अतिक्रमणे वाढत असून, या कालव्याला कचरा कुंडीचे स्वरूप प्राप्त झाल्याची तक्रार “सकाळ‘चे वाचक नितीन आरू यांनी केली आहे.

गोंधळेनगर आणि शंकरमठ येथे कालव्याकडेला महापालिकेच्या उद्यान विभागाने उद्याने विकसित केली आहेत. त्यामुळे अतिक्रमणांना या परिसरात लगाम बसला आहे. याच धर्तीवर कालव्याकडेला सर्वत्र वृक्षारोपण केल्यास सरकारी जागेवरील अतिक्रमणे थांबतील; तसेच पर्यावरणरक्षणाला मदत होऊ शकेल. मात्र पाटबंधारे विभाग आणि लोकप्रतिनिधींच्या उदासीनतेमुळे कालव्याकडेला बकालपणा वाढला आहे.
पाटबंधारे विभागाने स्वतःच्या मिळकतीची देखभाल ठेवणे गरजेचे आहे. याला महापालिका जबाबदार नाही. तरीदेखील नागरिकांच्या सोयीसाठी आम्ही वेळोवेळी कालव्याची स्वच्छता करतो. अतिक्रमणविरोधी कारवाईसाठी पाटबंधारे विभागाला वेळोवेळी सहकार्य असते. कालव्यात डासांची उत्पत्ती होऊ नये, यासाठी आम्ही कालव्यात गप्पी मासे सोडले असून, कालव्यावर कीटकनाशकांची फवारणी केली जाते. मात्र नागरिकांनीदेखील कालव्यात कचरा न टाकून सहकार्य करणे अपेक्षित आहे.
– संजय गावडे, सहायक आयुक्त, हडपसर क्षेत्रीय कार्यालय

स्त्रोत : सकाळ