Squall throws normal life out of gear gas news today


Atmosphere changed for the better on Saturday evening, after a hot summer day, as squall lashed the city and affected traffic. Apart from power supply disruptions, various parts of the city saw trees getting uprooted due to strong winds or branches of trees falling on roads.

The short-yet-good spell of rainfall clubbed with gusty winds and dance of lightning in the sky accompanied by thunder, brought some relief for Nagpurians fed up of summer heat. However, the squall brought for Nagpurians a disappointment too as they were deprived of seeing master blaster ‘Bharat Ratna’ Sachin Tendulkar at the concluding ceremony of ‘Khasdar Krida Mahotsav-2018’. For, the flight in which he was coming to Nagpur had to be diverted to Aurangabad due to bad weather. Obviously, the concluding ceremony had to be postponed to a date that would be announced later.

Nagpur city, which recorded maximum temperature of 43.7 degrees Celsius and minimum temperature of 31.5 degrees Celsius on Saturday, was happy to receive rainfall, albeit a short spell of it. Strong winds blowing the dust off the roads, gave enough indications of what would follow. While the roads were washed by little streams that were a result of the shower, the trees became heavy with the burden of droplets that had settled on them. At some places, the burden became so heavy that it ripped the branches off the trees. At some other places, trees got uprooted due to gusty winds.

In both the cases, normal traffic was thrown out of gear in affected areas as branches or trees fell on roads. As per the data with Fire and Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), at least 15 trees were uprooted in various parts of city mainly including Shankar Nagar, Bajaj Nagar, Tapovan Complex, Bhande Plot, Central Avenue, Shesh Nagar, and Manewada.

Meanwhile, Nagpur Metro Rail project’s ‘tower truss’ also came down on road from Radisson Blu to Khamla vegetable and fruit market, thereby affecting flow of traffic. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported. According to Akhilesh Halve, Deputy General Manager (Communications), Nagpur Metro Rail, told ‘The Hitavada’ that two vehicles sustained damage in the incident. As power supply cables were coming in way to removing the ‘tower truss’, the said road was closed for traffic. Till filing of this report, efforts were on to clear the road for traffic.

According to Orange City Water (OCW) spokesperson, due to strong wind and storm there was power failure from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) side at Navegaon-Khairy headworks. Owing to this situation, raw water pumping stopped. MSEDCL declared major breakdown at Khapa-Parseoni and Mansar upper sub-station. “As there is very less chance of restoration of power supply, Pench-4 water treatment plant shall not restart until further update. Besides, the functioning of Godhani, Gorewada, and Kanhan water treatment plants also will remain affected. This will affect water supply to city on Sunday,” he added.

The dance of lightning in the sky with interludes of thunder had a response on ground too. Many areas witnessed power supply interruptions. In Dhantoli and other areas, the street-lights went off, causing inconvenience to people using the road and flyover.

As far as forecast for Sunday was concerned, Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Nagpur, predicted ‘partly cloudy sky’ with maximum temperature around 45 degrees Celsius while heat wave prevail over Vidarbha for next 24 hours. Maximum temperature was predicted to be 45 degrees Celsius on Monday too. RMC predicted that maximum temperature might be 44 degrees Celsius from May 30 to June 1, with ‘mainly clear sky’.

Train traffic on Nagpur-Mumbai route was severely affected on Saturday night after many trees fell down on Wardha-Pulgaon railway line due to strong winds. A railway official said that 12290 Nagpur – Mumbai CSMT Duronto Express was stopped at Butibori for an hour and later at Wardha station as the route was not clear. The incident occurred in evening hours. A trackman informed railway officials about trees on railway tracks. Senior railway officials rushed to the spot and started track-clearing operation immediately. But, movement of Mumbai and Howrah bound trains was severely affected.

Power outage was reported across the city after the strong wind and rainfall. According to information, power supply was snapped at Ganesh Nagar, Bagadganj, Ayurvedic Lay-out, Umred Road, Dighori, Pardi, Wathoda, Uppalwadi, Mankapur, Gorewada, Narendra Nagar, Omkar Nagar, Wadi, Jafar Nagar Vayusena Nagar, Besa feeder, Hiwri Nagar, Jaripatka, Harihar Mandir, Model Mill area, Anmol Nagar, Reshimbagh, Clarke Town, Manewada, Shrikrishna Nagar, Gawande Layout, Central Excise Colony, residential area of Katol Road, Saw mill, Hudkeswhar and Narsala. Supply under Shankar Nagar Sub-division was in normal condition. Wardha Road and Congress Nagar residential areas were worst-affected where power supply was snapped for two hours. MSEDCL and SNDL appealed to the citizens to ‘keep patience’ as technical staff was trying hard to normalise the situation. In Harihar Nagar area, power supply was not restored even till 1 am, even after passage of six hours. Residents complained of ‘no response’ from authorities concerned.