Four bridges open; schools and colleges resume

PUNE :Four of the six bridges in Pune that were closed for traffic on Monday, due to increasing water levels, were opened on Tuesday. The Baba Bhide and Tilak bridges, however, remained closed. On Monday, the traffic police had closed Rajiv Gandhi bridge from Aundh to Sangvi, Old Sangvi bridge from Spicer College to Old Sangvi, Dapodi to Bopodi bridge, Old Holkar bridge, Baba Bhide bridge and Tilak Bridge after discharge of water into various rivers from the dams near Pune. Traffic officials said Baba Bhide bridge and Tilak bridge will remain closed even on Wednesday.

The PMC’s health department has stepped up surveillance to detect fever cases and treated nearly 600 persons, who were hit by the recent floodlike conditions and sought shelter at PMC-run schools. The patients include 78 children and four pregnant women, said Dr Ramchandra Hankare, medical officer, health, PMC. Assistant Medical Officer of PMC, Dr Anjali Sabne, said medical teams and ambulances have been deployed at the schools. “Our teams have been providing medicines and treating people…,” said Sabne. At PCMC, Additional Medical Officer of health Dr Pavan Salve has urged residents to exercise caution during monsoon. “There is a need to ensure that water is boiled and immediate treatment should be started if symptoms persist,” he said.

The Pune district administration has announced a holiday for schools and colleges in four out of 13 talukas, where heavy rainfall is expected to continue. Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram has issued an order in this regard. Due to incessant rain, the district administration had declared holidays in all schools and colleges on Monday and Tuesday. While the situation has returned to normal in some parts, others are still struggling with rain and flood water. Schools and colleges located in Maval, Mulshi, Bhor and Velha talukas have been asked to remain closed on Wednesday.