CM visits City Operation Centre, cancels leave of NMC staffers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jul 2018 08:08:18

Staff Reporter,

Getting himself exposed to realities on ground due to one of the heaviest spells of rainfall in the city, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited City Operation Centre (COC) in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) administrative building and directed the authorities concerned to rise to the occasion by working on ‘mission mode’. He also ordered NMC administration to cancel leave of all officials and employees of NMC for next two days.

Looking at the grave situation, Fadnavis also permitted deployment of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to tackle adverse circumstances. On the screens in COC, he saw live CCTV camera feed of waterlogging, bottle-necks and traffic jams throughout the city. The video footage of various locations was captured by 3,800 high-definition CCTV cameras installed at different traffic junctions. After watching the critical situation at Padole Hospital Square on Ring Road near Pratap Nagar, the Chief Minister instructed the officials to remove bottle-neck at the location by taking necessary measures ‘immediately’ to provide relief to citizens.

The officials informed Fadnavis that Nagpur city and Nagpur (Rural) had received 61.5 mm rainfall till 8.30 am on Friday. Between 8 am and 2.30 pm, the city received 263.5 mm rainfall. Due to this, water had entered residential areas in low-lying parts of the city, and also threw the normal traffic and life out of gear. After taking stock of the situation, the Chief Minister asked the officials concerned to initiate measures to clear the roads of waterlogging, and close the manhole chambers that were posing threat to public life. Fadnavis asked the administration to make arrangements for affected population at the nearest schools.

With the help of CCTV cameras and Public Announcement System (PAS), the team of COC was constantly keeping a watch over situation prevailing in different areas and making announcements regarding critical zones in the city for public awareness. The screens installed on poles erected at various traffic junctions also flashed warnings for the citizens, asking them not to take routes where roads were submerged. Also, the screens flashed weather-related warnings for the people.

NMC has installed 3,800 cameras under Smart City Project at 665 different locations in the city. Of these, 3,315 cameras were working and some were not working due to interruption in power supply. These cameras were providing real-time information about traffic, and law and order situation, contributing to enhancing the safety and security of the city. Keeping the situation in mind, Mayor Nanda Jichkar and Standing Committee chief Virendra Kukreja used PAS to share their messages with public.

Ruling Party Leader in NMC Sandeep Joshi told reporters that NMC was prepared to handle the situation. “However, the city received 263.5 mm rainfall barely in six hours, for the , the city 263.5 mmfirst time after several years. Still, we are alert and dealing with the situation with all our might,” he said. Joshi blamed ongoing works of bridge construction and Metro Rail project for waterlogging in the city.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister; Praveen Pardeshi, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister; S V R Srinivasan, Principal Secretary of Information Technology Department; Ashwin Mudgal, District Collector; Virendra Singh, Municipal Commissioner; Tanaji Wanve, Leader of Opposition in NMC; Ramnath Sonwane, Chief Executive Officer of Smart City Project, and others were present.


Critically affected areas of city

City Operation Centre (COC) identified 27 critical zones in the city where waterlogging took place on Friday, causing massive inconvenience to people. These included Maharajbag to Variety Square; Ravi Nagar to Law College Square; Narendra Nagar railway under bridge; Hotel Pride to Airport stretch; Rani Jhansi Square; Ashok Square; Naivedyam Hall; Shrimohini Complex; Tirpude College to Sadar Police Station; office of DCP (Traffic) in Civil Lines; Karve Nagar bridge; IT Park; Automotive Square; 5 No Naka near Pardi; Tatya Tope Nagar to Sawarkar Nagar; Khamla Square; Somalwada to Manish Nagar railway crossing; Bajaj Nagar to Shankar Nagar; Kachipura to Bajaj Nagar; RPTS to Sawarkar Nagar, Nandanvan Police Quarters; Pratap Nagar Police Station; Sonegaon Police Station; Shankar Nagar Square to Gokulpeth; Chhattrapati Square to Sawarkar Nagar, Padole Hospital Square, and TB Ward to DCP Zone-4 office.


Water released from dams

Due to heavy rains, the administration in respective districts ordered opening of gates of eight dams to release water. The locations where water was released included Rajegaon Kati (Gondia), Bamni (Chandrapur), Ashti (Gadchiroli), P G Bridge (Yavatmal), Mathni (Nagpur), Deori (Gondia), Wagholi Buti (Chandrapur), and Wadsa (Gadchiroli). Similarly, 17 out of total 21 gates of Wadgaon dam in Nagpur district also were opened to release 780 million cubic metres of water.

Owing to heavy rainfall, the water storage in Nand dam rose from mere 12 per cent at 8 am to 88 per cent at 6 pm. As a result, six out of seven gates of the dam were opened, and 560 milion cubic metres of water was released. The water level in Gorewada lake was 315.25 metres at 8 pm, as against overflow level of 315.65 metres.

Besides, the water level in Ambazari lake was 316.76 metres at 7 pm as against overflow level of 317 metres. The administration had asked the residents of Godawari-1, Godawari-2, Suraj Nagar, Sangam Nagar, and the low-lying areas along Pili river to shift to safer places.


Extremely heavy rains in next 48 hrs

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places over Vidarbha, Konkan, and Goa in next 48 hours. According to Skymet, chances are that Nagpur may surpass the highest 24-hour rainfall of 304 mm, which was recorded on July 12, 1994. According to weatherman, Vidarbha and nearby area are likely to witness loud peals of thunder with frequent lightning flashes with maximum wind speed 29 to 74 Kmph.

As far as Friday rainfall in other parts of Vidarbha region was concerned, Brahmapuri in Chandrapur district recorded 67.8 mm rainfall, Akola recorded 32.3 mm, Amravati (20.3 mm), Buldhana (8 mm), Chandrapur (51.2 mm), Gadchiroli (23.3 mm), Gondia (10.2 mm), Wardha (20.4 mm) and Yavatmal (27.0 mm).