KOLHAPUR: Due to the ongoing heavy rains in the dam catchment area and in free catchment areas in the district, the water level of all the rivers including Panchaganga river is seen increasing rapidly.
The water level of Panchganga river has fallen out of its water holding capacity second time this monsoon.
On Monday at 3pm, the river water of Panchaganga was flowing at 32 feet 7 inches where warning level is at 39 feets and danger level is at 43 feets.
In Kolhapur district, 52 barrages have got submerged under the swollen river waters affecting the traffic movement. With swollen river water coming over the road near Karanjfen village, the traffic between Rajapur (Ratnagiri) and Kolhapur has got halted. Whereas Barki waterfall in Kolhapur district has been closed for visitors as the bridge at Barki has got submerged under the flood waters.
Kolhapur district received 60mm rainfall in the last 24 hours recorded till Monday morning 10am in which Gagan Bawda region received the highest 117.3mm rainfall while Shirol region received the least 18.1mm rainfall.
Rohit Bandivadekar, Executive Engineer with Kolhapur Irrigation Department said, “Citizens dwelling in the riverside villages should be careful and follow the instructions given by the government agencies. On Monday at 2pm, five gates of Dudhganga (Kalammawadi) dam have got opened and discharge of 1423 cusecs is being released from the power house and five gates of the dam. Automatic gates of Radhanagari dam are also very likely to open if the water level gets increased by 3 to 4 feets.”
District administration has appealed to the citizens to stay indoors. Superintendent of Kolhapur Police Shailesh Balkawade said, “Due to heavy rains getting received across the district, incidences like landslides, road cave in, sudden flooding or collapse of old and dilapidated houses in the village areas are possible, citizens should take all the necessary precautions and people should avoid traveling unless necessary. Places like waterfalls and flooded rivers should be avoided.”
Meanwhile on Sunday late night, a portion of the road got caved in the Karul ghat, one of the preferred route while travelling towards Konkan and Goa via Kolhapur. The ghat section has been kept closed for all kind of vehicular traffic and the vehicles have been diverted via Bhuibawda ghat. Kolhapur district has received an ‘Orange’ alert by IMD till 10th August.