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Heavy rains bringdown Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur.

The ongoing rains coupled with ongoing metro rail construction work have unleashed numerous woes on Pune residents. Taffic jams stretching more than a kilometer in many places in Pune have become daily nuisances. Pune citizens are learning to live with it.

Traffic jams are worst nightmares for office going people who have to report on time. School and college going children are late. Commuters are often stranded for hours in public transport.

What needs to be done:

Traffic management is the most urgent need of the hour. So is the road infrastructure that measures up with increasing number of commuters and increasing personal vehicles. Drainage systems and waste management needs severe attention in Pune.

Such a situation needs a strong willful leadership from the current administration. Noise levels have gone up due to bumper-to-bumper traffic, loud horns and generally aggravated public. Proper coordination between the traffic police on different locations seem to be missing. Number of traffic policemen is felt inadequate and hence need to be increased.

The metro construction work had added to the Punekars daily grind. The pace of the work is felt slow such that it takes sometime an hour to cross small stretches. Traffic management plans for weekdays and weekends have not been implemented. Pune citizens have expressed disappointment over the lack of coordinated and quick efforts by the concerned authorities in charge of the situation.

The impact:

If such situation persists, real estate domain experts are most likey to downgrade Pune realty. New investors will shift their attention and money to more preferred locations outside of Pune city towards the Pune-Mumbai-Bengaluru expressway. Already rentals seem to have peaked out in many of Pune’s marquee areas. If realty prices start to fall then it will take a double toll on lacs of people who have invested in Pune realty. Prices of essential commodities are rising fast. The added inflation brought upon the country by tomato prices is seen percolating into essential food items and food delivery services. Due to which consumers are likely to cut down discretionary consumption. This will have a domino effect on the burgeoning class of fast food consumers consumers of colas, pizzas, burgers, chips etc.

Due to heavy rainfall in the hilly region of Maharashtra’s Pune district, over 200 schools in Ambegaon, Khed, Junnar, Bhor, Purandar, Mulshi, and Maval talukas remained closed on Thursday and Friday. The district collector and chairman of the Pune district disaster management authority, Rajesh Deshmukh, issued a two-day holiday for schools in these areas to ensure the safety of children. Block education officers have been assigned the responsibility of safeguarding the students during this period.

For now, the IMD raised the rain alert for Pune district to red, predicting heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours. Pune already experienced heavy rains in the past days, and IMD warns of potential worsening conditions ahead.

Mumbai:

Meanwhile Pune’s neighboring city of Mumbai too is facing heavy rainfall. Continuous rainfall in Mumbai over the past 2-3 days has resulted in frequent traffic jams, waterlogged roads, and delayed local trains, causing inconvenience to the residents. The situation was expected to improve after a weekend of heavy rainfall, which included a record-breaking wettest day of the year on Saturday. Surrounding areas are also at risk of landslides due to the heavy downpour. On Sunday, a portion of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway was blocked near the Adoshi village in Raigad due to a landslide.

The IMD has forecasted moderate to heavy rainfall for Mumbai on Monday. The weather department issued an ‘orange’ alert for the city. According to the IMD’s forecast reported by PTI, heavy to very heavy showers were expected in certain areas throughout the day. Despite the inclement weather, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus services continued to operate along their regular routes without any diversions, as confirmed by a civic official. In Mumbai, heavy rains have disrupted train services, leading to cancellations and inconvenience for commuters. The inclement weather has also resulted in road closures and school holidays across Maharashtra due to the heavy rainfall. This weather pattern is expected to persist for the next few days.

Over the past 24 hours, Mumbai received an average of 100 mm rainfall, with the weather department predicting heavy to very heavy showers and strong winds over the next 24 hours. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) anticipates these adverse conditions to continue in Mumbai and surrounding areas in the coming days. As of writing this articles, an orange alert has been issued for Thane, Palghar, Raigad, and Ratnagiri districts, while Mumbai has been placed under a yellow alert.

Kolhapur:

In Kolhapur, a flood-like situation has emerged due to incessant rainfall over the past 4-5 days. The water level of the Panchaganga River has risen significantly, prompting the IMD to issue an orange alert for the Kolhapur district for the next 5 days. Disaster management officials have expressed concern that if the continuous rainfall persists, the Panchganga River will surpass warning marks by tomorrow, leading to overflowing conditions.

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