Seven days after it was closed because of heavy rain and resultant flooding in Kolhapur district, the Mumbai-Bangalore Nationwide Freeway opened for visitors on Monday in a phased method. Whereas initially solely vans carrying important commodities had been allowed to ply, the street was opened for different vans and vehicles later within the day.
The authorities had initially deliberate to open the freeway on Sunday, when rain eased up and water ranges receded.
However when police checked a stretch close to Shirol at Kolhapur, one of many many flooded spots within the district, they discovered that it was nonetheless unfit for visitors.
Final week, police and native administration had determined to shut the freeway for visitors after overflowing rivers flooded the area.
Uneven rainfall throughout India
On Monday, the all India (single day) rainfall equalled the conventional for the primary time this season, however the temporal distribution of rainfall this yr stays extremely erratic.Whereas on one hand, states like Maharashtra (+32 per cent) , Gujarat (+25 computer ), Karnataka (+20 per cent) and Sikkim (+25 per cent) have recorded extra rainfall, however, Delhi (-40 per cent), Jharkhand (-35 per cent), West Bengal (-30 per cent), Nagaland (-21 per cent) and Manipur (-68 per cent) stay extremely rain-deficient.
On three factors between Karad and Kolhapur, the water ranges had crossed the hazard mark. Police issued an advisory, asking folks to not journey on the freeway and, in case they had been already on the freeway, to cease earlier than Kolhapur. Hundreds of heavy autos had been stopped on the service street earlier than the closure factors, about 15,000 of which got here up on the freeway in six days.
Tirupati Kakde, Kolhapur district’s extra superintendent of police, mentioned, “After an evaluation on Monday morning by all of the businesses concerned, the freeway was lastly opened for vans carrying gas, medicines, milk, greens and different important provides for flood-hit areas. The water stage at some factors on the street was nonetheless over one foot, but it surely had began receding.”
Sanjay Shinde, resident district collector of Kolhapur, mentioned, “On Monday afternoon. we began permitting vans, which had been stopped on the freeway, to ply, and later vehicles had been additionally allowed. However we’re nonetheless not permitting two-wheelers on the freeway… we could enable them from Tuesday.”
It is going to take no less than another day for autos, lined up on the freeway after being halted at numerous factors, to be cleared, mentioned officers.