Godavari recedes; water release from dams continues
Nashik: A day after flash floods in the river Godavari wreaked havoc in Nashik, water levels started receding on Monday. The residents breathed a sigh of relief with the rain taking a break. Despite intermittent showers during the day, the water levels started receding, limping back life to normalcy to some extent. The water level receded in flood-hit Chandori, while Saikheda is still surrounded by floodwaters.
Meanwhile, release of water at reduced rate from major dams in rain-battered Nashik district continued on Monday as well. The Godavari river which flows through the city was still in spate however with lowered level of water compared to the Sunday’s fury.
Though intensity of rains lashing the north Maharashtra district since Friday night is reduced, flood-like situation on the banks of the river in Nashik, and in Chandori and Saikheda villages prevailed on Monday too.
The district authorities said that the situation was under control and informed that they shifted hundreds of people from Chandori and Saikheda that are surrounded by the Godavari river water. On Sunday, water from the Gangapur dam was released at the rate of more than 20,000 cusecs which led to the Godavari river flowing above the danger mark.
According to Irrigation department, water from the Gangapur dam was released at the rate of 18,909 cusecs (cubic foot per second) around 9 am on Monday and at the rate of 39250 cusecs from the Darna dam. Similarly, water has been released from Bhavli, Palkhed, Chankapur, Haranbari and Punegaon dams in the district.
The Darna dam with the capacity of 7149 MCFT (million cubic feet) has filled up to 93 per cent while seven medium reservoirs have started overflowing. However, Manikpunj and Nagasakya dams are still dry due to lack of rains in their catchment areas. The flood-like situation also prevailed in the temple town of Trimbakeshwar. Overflowing water of the Ahilya dam near Trimbakeshwar has flooded streets in the town as well as the premises of the Lord Shiva temple.
Police on Monday restricted access to Trimbakeshwar via road for devotees who throng the temple during the holy month of Shravan.
Trimbakeshwar taluka recorded 368 mm rains in the last 24 hours ended at 8:30 am on Monday, followed by Igatatpuri (396 mm), Dindori (210 mm), Peint (243 mm), Surgana (148.3 mm) and Nashik city (158.3 mm), district officials said.
Intermittent showers continued in the city on Monday. City police are having a tough time to keep curious onlookers who throng the bridges and the banks of the Godavari river to witness flood, at bay. Cases have been registered against 24 people for violating orders of police. Meanwhile, the district received 679.1 mm rainfall on Monday with Surgana registering record 191 mm rain followed by tribal belt Kalwan 83 mm and Peth 73.
Saraf Bazar badly hit by flash floods
Prime jewellery market place in the city Saraf Bazar which accomodates over 350 small-big shops, having daily turnover of Rs 50 crore, suffered losses over crores of rupees due to Sunday’s flash floods. The irate shop keepers, badly hit by floods, are blaming civic authorities for poor state of underground water disposal system in the bazar. They held NMC workers responsible for non-performance accusing that none of the municipal workers ever visited the area after flood recede, for cleanliness work. President of Saraf Bazar Associaion, Nashik, Chetan Rajapurak said that the water disposal sub-station set up at Bhadrakali is less capable of bearing the burden of excess load of heavy flood waters. NMC must pay heed to it and conduct assessment of damages to compensate the businessmen.