Pune: PMC’s Rain Gauge System Closed During Monsoon

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Pune, 8th July 2022: It has been raining heavily in Pune for the last two to three days. While it is necessary to keep an eye on the rainfall records in every part of the city to alert the administration about the flood circumstances in such a situation, it has come to light that the municipal rain gauge system is defective during the same period.


Therefore, repair work on the rain gauge system has been undertaken by the Disaster Management Department even during heavy rains. However, due to this, irresponsible management of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has come to the fore.

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The plan is prepared by the Disaster Management Department of the PMC in the background of the monsoon. Floods occurring during monsoons, loss of life and property, water released into rivers, and rainfall in the areas of dams are constantly monitored. For this, PMC had set up fifteen rain gauges in each of the fifteen field offices. In the year 2014, this system was set up at all the field office premises. Rainfall is reported to the Disaster Management Department every hour through a rain gauge system.


It has also been confirmed by the Municipal Corporation’s Disaster Management Department as the repair work has been undertaken. The rain gauge system will be activated immediately in the coming days, disaster management department officials have claimed.


The city has been experiencing constant flooding in recent years. It is also raining heavily in some parts of the city. In less time, more rain is being recorded in many areas. This has increased the risk of flooding and loss of life and property.


Citizens of Sahakarnagar, Wadgaon Sheri, Sinhagad road area, Kothrud etc. have to face floods. The Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains in Pune for the next few days. However, even after that, as the rain gauge system is closed, the irresponsible management of PMC has come to the fore.


Rain gauges record rainfall in every part of the city. They are also necessary for the future. They can be used to measure which areas of the city still receive the most rainfall, and which areas may experience flooding. The Disaster Management Department can use it to plan what measures are needed for relief work. However, it has come to light that the rain gauge system is closed during heavy rains.