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Incessant rains disrupt normal life in Nashik

August 02, 2005 14:55 IST

Incessant rains, lashing Nashik city and its adjoining areas since Monday, has thrown normal life out of gear while the district administration has alerted people living on the banks of river Godavari after more than 13,000 cusecs of water was released from Gangapsur dam, official sources said.

Nashik Municipal Corporation authority has served notices to owners of old houses, especially in Kazi-Gadhi locality, which are under threat of collapse due to rains, but since no alternate arrangement was made, people have not moved out.

NMC Commissioner Vinita Singhal and Collector of Nashik Mahesh Zagde visited the riverside to review flood situation and also keep a close watch on the situation.

Water level in all 20 major and medium dams are satisfactory, she said. Vehicular traffic on Kasara ghat section on Mumbai-Agra national highway is going smoothly.

Nashik Road Railway Station Manager D S Rathod told PTI that Sevagram Express from Nagpur to Mumbai has begun running till Igatpuri while Pushpak Express to Lucknow was also leaving. Geetanjali Express and some other trains have also started functioning from Manmad railway junction.

Dhule and Jalgaon regions have been experiencing heavy rains since Monday, sources said adding that in Jalgaon, water was released from Hatnoor dam and rivers in Dhule were in spate.

Meanwhile, the Irrigation Department has sounded an alert for Pune city, where many areas were inundated, and has asked people to shift to safer places as the discharge from Khadakvasala dam has been increased to 52,000 cusecs.

The water discharge from Mulshi dam was 38,500 cusecs and it was 18,000 from Pavana dam, both of which like Khadakvasala are built on Mula and Mutha rivers that flow through the city.

The Irrigation Department sources said that of the 35 major dams in Pune region (24 in Bhima basin and 11 in Krishna basin), except for Manikdhoh all others were 95% full.

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