The water released from two dams to the Ujjani dam in drought-hit Solapur will take 40 days to reach its destination, and when it finally does, the quantity would be 30-50% less than what is required due to factors such as evaporation, water theft and percolation.
This effectively means that by the time water manages to reach Ujjani, it will almost be the onset of monsoon.
The state government’s disclosure to the Bombay high court over the time taken for the water to reach Ujjani was met with an argument by the petitioner’s advocate — Madhav Choudhari, who said even a person walking on foot could reach Solapur from Mumbai in 40 days.
The court had earlier directed the government to release water from other dams to the low-lying Ujjani dam.
Sandeep Shinde, assistant government pleader, informed the court that 4,000 million cubic metres of water from two dams — Bhama Akshed and Andra — had been released to Ujjani dam.
While the Bhama Akshed is situated 280km away from Ujjani, Andra is 330km away.
When the court questioned why water couldn't be released from the Khadakwasla dam, which is closer to Ujjani, Shinde said it was not be possible as the dams are situated in different valley and basin.