Pune Residents Face Traffic Jams, Waterlogging and Electricity Woes After First Rainfall In 2024

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Sumit Singh 
Pune, 16th April 2024: The first rain of the year 2024 in Pune and its surrounding areas brought both relief and challenges for residents. The anticipated rainfall, predicted by the India Meteorological Department, arrived around 4 pm, marking the end of a sweltering heatwave that saw temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius.
However, the downpour also caused significant disruptions across the city and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Reports emerged of severe waterlogging in key areas such as Kalwad, Dhanori, and Wagholi, exacerbating existing problems with traffic congestion. The resulting gridlock snarled streets, frustrating commuters trying to navigate through the rain-drenched city.
In addition to traffic woes, power outages added to residents’ woes, particularly in Wagholi where electricity supply had been down for over seven hours. According to local residents, areas like Ubale Nagar remained without power even as other parts of Pune regained electricity. Reasons cited by officials included fallen trees and debris damaging power lines due to the heavy rainfall.
Roopa Deepak, a resident of Wagholi, highlighted the situation by sharing that despite the rain across Pune, their area had been left in the dark since 5 pm. Many other residents voiced similar concerns over social media, expressing frustration with the recurrent issues faced during monsoons.
This juxtaposition of relief from the heatwave and the onset of monsoon challenges underscores the mixed emotions experienced by Punekars with the arrival of the much-awaited rain. While providing respite from the scorching heat, the first rain also illuminated the need for better infrastructure to cope with seasonal challenges, ensuring smoother transitions into the monsoon season.