Pune: Water resources department officials have issued an alert for residents of Khadki, Baner, Bopodi and Aundh area as the Mula river water level has increased since Friday (August 21) morning 10 am onwards after water discharge of 16247 cusecs was started from Mulshi dam.
The water level of Mula river may rise further and residential areas along the river flowing through Wakad, Pimple Nilakh, Old Sangvi, Dapodi, Bopkhel, Khadki, Baner, Bopodi and Aundh may get flooded.
Mulshi Dam Chief (Tata Power) Basavaraj Munnoli has informed about the alert to Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation Flood Control Room, Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Irrigation Department Executive Engineer, Pirangut, Mulshi Branch Engineer, Mulshi Tehsildar and police officials.
Mulshi dam is constructed on Mula river in Mulshi tehsil. The Mula River flows through Mulshi tehsil and enters Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad city areas on the banks of Wakad and Baner. The confluence of Mula and Pawana rivers takes place at Old Sangvi. On one side of the confluence is Bopodi in Pune and on the other side is Dapodi in Pimpri-Chinchwad. From there, Mula river meets Mutha river in Pune and thereafter they are known as Mula-Mutha.
Depending on the rainfall in the catchment area of Mulshi Dam, the water discharge quantity may increase. Therefore, citizens living in riverside villages and hamlets below the dam should not enter the river basin for safety reasons. Munnoli has appealed to the people to take care of their livestock as well as electric motors, cars, engines, farm equipment.
Meanwhile, Lonavla city has received 192 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Along with the city areas, surrounding regions of Lonavla have been receiving heavy rains for the last two weeks. Lonavala city has received a total of 3299 mm of rainfall this year till Friday (August 21) 7 am. Last year, Lonavala had received 5110 mm of rainfall in the corresponding period.