Pune Municipal Corporation Sets Up 47 Relief Centers as Precautionary Measure for Monsoon Season, To Provide Shelter During Flooding

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Pune, 3rd June 2023: With the monsoon season approaching, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is taking proactive measures to prevent flooding in the city. Despite regular cleaning of drains and rain gutters, water seepage and inundation of settlements have been recurring issues in previous years.

To address this, the regional offices have formed teams equipped with manpower and machinery to promptly drain water from affected areas. Additionally, 47 relief centers have been established to provide temporary shelter in case of residential flooding.

In preparation for the monsoon, PMC has conducted meetings with the Deputy Commissioners of the Disaster Management Department, Ward Offices, and Zonal Offices. Recently, a coordination meeting was held with the police to ensure a collaborative approach. The Municipal Corporation claims to take annual measures to mitigate flooding in important chowks and roads throughout the city during the rainy season.

Each ward office has initiated tenders for the cleaning of monsoon drains, with separate tenders for drain cleaning. The PMC allocates a minimum of Rs 20 crore annually for this purpose. However, despite these efforts, certain areas of the city still experience waterlogging during the monsoon, indicating limitations in the drainage system.

Previously, there was a lack of coordination between the sewage department and ward offices regarding responsibilities after flooding occurred. This resulted in delayed actions.

However, Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar has issued a circular instructing Assistant Commissioners of the ward offices to establish disaster management teams comprising officers, staff, and nodal officers.

Furthermore, the sewage department has already cleaned drains and culverts, and ward offices are expected to prepare relief teams to respond to natural and man-made calamities. The Commissioner has also directed the fire brigade to provide disaster management training to ward offices. Additionally, each ward office is required to establish a flood control room that operates 24/7 from 1st June to 31st December.

To ensure the safety of residents in flood-prone areas, relief centers have been set up within each ward office’s jurisdiction. Special attention has been given to safeguarding citizens residing near the Mula and Mutha river bank, an area prone to drainage water inflow.

The following is a list of ward offices and their corresponding help center locations: Nagar road- Vadgaon Sheri – 1 to 2, Yerwada-Kalas-Dhanori 3 to 6, Dhole Patil road 7 to 10, Aundh-Baner – 11 to 14, Kothrud-Bavdhan- 15 to 19, Shivajinagar-Ghole Road – 20 to 28, Sahakarnagar Dhankawadi -29, Sinhagad Road – 31 to 33, Warje Karvenagar – 34 to 35, Hadapsar Mundhwa 36, Wanwadi -Ramtekdi – 37, Kondhwa-Yewalewadi 38 to 39, Kasba – Vishrambaug -40 to 44, Bhawani Peth – 45, Bibvewadi – 46 to 47.


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