State irrigation dept to release water from Khadakwasla dam into Mutha canal
PUNE Due to less rainfall in rural Pune, the state irrigation department has decided to release water from the Khadakwasla dam into the Mutha canal for drinking purposes.
In June, the irrigation department stopped releasing water from Khadakwasla into the Mutha canal as rural parts of Pune – Daund, Yavat, Indapur, and other talukas had received decent rainfall in the first week of June.
However, from the third week of June till now, Pune district has received very little rainfall, which has also made an impact on sowing activity in the district.
So far, the Pune district has received 175.1 mm rainfall which is less than normal rainfall (232.2 mm).
“Water is released as of now from Khadakwasla dam into Mutha canal. However, good rainfall is expected in the last week of July, once the rural part receives more rain, we will again stop releasing water from Khadakwasla,” said the official state water irrigation department who did not wish to be named.
As of Friday, Khadakwasla has 36.46 per cent of water storage while it had 42.67 per cent during the last year on the same date.
“Good rains are expected in August, so there is no need to worry about the water level in Khadakwasla and other dams,” said the official quoted above.
Other dams – Panshet (40.14%), Warasgaon (28.63%) and Temghar (19.08%) have respective amounts of water storage to date.