Pune: PMC takes steps to prevent waterlogging on city roads, to open dividers

Pune: PMC takes steps to prevent waterlogging on city roads, to open dividers

Pune: PMC takes steps to prevent waterlogging on city roads, to open dividers

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In response to the recent waterlogging issues caused by heavy pre-monsoon rains, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has initiated measures to alleviate flooding on city roads. Based on recommendations by the drainage department, the road department issued a circular on Friday underlining the need for opening dividers.

As per information, the PMC’s road department plans to make small openings in dividers at regular intervals along corridors adjacent to Pune Metro Line 1 and 2.  These openings are aimed at facilitating the drainage of rainwater, particularly in areas like Yerawada, Viman Nagar, Sinhagad Road, Koregaon Park, and others that were severely affected.

Officials from the PMC drainage department identified several factors contributing to the waterlogging, including buried stormwater drain chambers and non-openings in dividers. They recommended creating openings in dividers at key locations such as Kothrud, Karve Road, Nal Stop and Garware among others. The road department promptly issued a circular, emphasizing the importance of these openings to prevent future incidents of waterlogging.

The openings in dividers are designed to allow rainwater to flow freely, especially in areas where there are differences in road levels on either side of the divider. Each opening will measure between one to one and a half meters wide to prevent misuse by two-wheelers.

Additionally, the PMC road department plans to enhance drainage on footpaths by using granular sub-base (GSB) and wet mix macadam (WMM) instead of plain cement concrete (PCC). This change aims to improve water drainage from footpaths, which previously contributed to rainwater accumulation.

The PMC is also coordinating with Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha-Metro) to ensure similar measures are implemented along metro stretches.

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