Heavy rains lash Pune and parts of Western Maharashtra

Pune: Heavy rains lashed the city as well as its surrounding areas of Western Maharashtra on Friday, disrupting rail and road traffic between Pune and Mumbai.

I S Patil inspector in-charge of Lonavala city police station said, “there were the reports of water logging on old Mumbai-Pune highway that disturbed the traffic and hence the road was closed for some time. However, express highway traffic was moving smoothly and no incident was reported. Not only the roads, but some of the train tracks were also affected in Lonvala and Maval area.”

Rains washed away a section of the railway track at Kamshet near Lonavala, badly affecting Pune-bound trains, while authorities tried to maintain the Pune-Mumbai single railway line, a railway official said.

"Our work to restore normalcy on the track is going on", he said. Incessant rains also slowed down road traffic on the expressway between the two metropolises.

No incident of any landslide was reported according to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) officials.

However, today's showers were welcomed in western and central Maharashtra which face a massive rainfall deficit which has also led to a water cut in the city where reservoir levels have gone down to almost 50 per cent of its storage capacity.

The weatherman said that the wet spell is expected to continue for the next 24 hours, brightening prospects of rain starved crops.

According to the Pune meteorological department officials, Vidharbha, Central Maharashtra, Marathwada and some parts of rest of state has observed heavy rainfall. IMD has also issued alerts to North Konkan stating heavy rainfall for a couple of days in Marathwada, Vidharbha, Mumbai and Pune regions.

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