Heavy rains lash Nashik, Godavari in spate
NASHIK: The city and parts of the district, on Wednesday evening, received heavy rains leading to significant rise in water level of Godavari following constant discharge of from the fully-filled Gangapur dam. On the river banks, Gangaghat many kiosks got submerged in the rising waters of the river. The administration had relased more than 7000 cusecs of water from the Gangapur dam in the evening and heavy rains caused the flow to increase to 11000 cusecs.
Due to water logging on rail tracks, the train service was disrupted on the central line between Nashik Road and Igatpuri. The train services of Kurla-Manmad Godavari Express, Dadar-Nagpur Sevagram Express, Tapovan and Rajdhani Express were badly hit.
In just 3 hours from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm, the city recorded 29 mm of rainfall as against 6 mm rains received between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm, while the catchment areas of the dam including the city witnessed record 102 mm of rainfall during the day. Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai has predicted wide spread rain today, fairly widespread rain tomorrow and scattered rainfall for the next two days in the city.
The intensity of the rain was very high in areas of Satpur, Trimbak road, city centre mall (CCM) area and Nashik Road besides reports of waterlogging in several suburban areas of Upnagar, Dwarka, old Nashik, Panchavati, Vadalagaon, Indiranagar, Pathardi, Gangapur road, College road, Deolali Camp and Bhagur disrupting vehicular movement.
The area near Papaya nursery was submerged in waist-deep water bringing traffic to a halt for nearly two hours. The Patel Saw Mill area witnessed heavy water accumulation due to lack of proper water disposal system in areas of Shriram Chowk and Mahindra Circle, causing 2-km long traffic jam.
Under the Holkar bridge the outflow of water was over 11000 cusecs, while sudden rise in water level witnessed in Nandini river. The district administration has sounded alert for residents along the river side.
From Darna dam, 8985 cusecs of water was being discharged due to heavy rainfall in Igatpuri and Peth talukas.
Meanwhile, an autorickshaw driver electrocuted at Mahalaxminagar area near Ambad due to current in accumulated water on the street.
As predicted by Skymet Weather, moderate to heavy rain forecast for Nashik, Pune and Gondia in next 24 hrs. Monsoon rains have significantly increased over Madhya Maharashtra and Konkan and Goa in the last two days.
At present, a Cyclonic Circulation is over South Madhya Maharashtra and adjoining South Konkan and Goa.
A Trough is extending up to South Gujarat from this system. By today (Sep 26), the rainfall activities would start reducing, but North Madhya Maharashtra would continue to record moderate showers with isolated heavy spells for some more time.