Pune: PMC Identifies 127 New Water-Logging Areas, Seeks Funds

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Pune, 20th June 2023: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has identified 127 new locations prone to chronic water-logging during heavy rainfall and is seeking funds from the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) to address the issue. The civic body has also reached out to Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) for assistance in managing the situation. Areas such as Ambil Odha, Sahakar Nagar, Hadapsar, and Sinhagad Road have experienced severe flooding in recent years.


To enhance flood management efforts, PSCDCL has deployed 50 flood sensors strategically along rivers, canals, and streams. These sensors collect data on newly-identified flood-prone spots, using information from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and the agricultural department’s dam discharge and water level data to simulate and predict potential flood scenarios.


The collected data is shared with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for a swift response when alarming conditions are detected. Dinesh Virkar, chief knowledge officer at PSCDCL, stated that these measures aim to prevent flooding and safeguard affected communities.


PMC’s drainage department chief superintendent, Santosh Tandale, revealed that a detailed project report (DPR) has been prepared to address water-logging issues. The NDMA has allocated Rs 50 crore over five years to the city. The PMC is awaiting approval of the DPR to begin proposed actions, which include both structural and non-structural measures. Non-structural work involves constructing retaining walls, installing stormwater drains, and implementing culverts, while structural work focuses on establishing weather centers and rainwater gauges.