Weekenders barred from Lonavla today
Tourist spots at Mumbai’s favoured weekend destination of Lonavla would be out of bounds to visitors this Sunday because of heavy showers.
Police have barred tourists from entering the resort town and venturing to the viewing points for two days from Saturday as a precaution. The possibility of traffic jams because of showers, dense fog and flooding also prompted the move.Ten officers and about 125 police personnel have been deployed in and around Lonavla. About 229mm of rain was recorded in Lonavla in the 24 hours till 8am on Saturday. We have banned tourists and all vehicles from going to popular tou rist spots, including Bhushi dam, Lion Point, Tiger Point, Karla Caves, Bhaje Caves and areas surrounding Pavana dam. People will also not be allowed to go to Lohagad Fort because rains washed away a small bridge. Two other bridges in the area have also been washed away . One bridge is submerged in Maval taluka,“ said Chandrakant Jadhav , the Lonavla city police inspector.
“We have set up checkpoints at the Valwan and Khandala exits on the Expressway , Kumar Chowk, Ryewood Chowk and Sahara bridge. Checkpoints are in place at various approaches to Bhushi dam,“ Jadhav added. Traffic moving from Mumbai to Nashik through Kasara ghat was hit after a 70m section of the highway developed cracks on Friday . One of the three lanes has been closed and traffic was moving at a slow pace towards Nashik.
Maintenance engineers said the fissures were too small to be a concern, but all measures have been taken. “This is not serious, but we have restricted the movement of traffic since the rain is heavy,“ an officer said.
The Mahabaleshwar-Poladpur road, which connects Satara and Kolhapur to Mahad, remains closed after a section caved in on Friday . The alternative road from Bhor in Pune to Mahad was also closed after a landslide at Hirdoshi earlier in the week. ST bus services on the routes have been suspended.