No water cuts in city till June-end, says Bapat
Bapat said, “We have water to suffice only for May and June, and rains are expected in June. So, by considering this, there is no need to cut water supply till June-end.”Updated: May 04, 2019 14:05 IST
There will be no water cuts in the city till June-end, said Girish Bapat, guardian minister, on Friday. The minister said that a review of water stock in dams will be taken every ten days.
Bapat said, “We have water to suffice only for May and June, and rains are expected in June. So, by considering this, there is no need to cut water supply till June-end.”
The minister urged residents to use water judiciously.
“We will take a review of the water level in dams every ten days and if needed will take appropriate decision at that time. Also, if needed, we will use water from dam’s dead stock,” said Bapat. Bapat advanced the review meeting, scheduled for Saturday (May 6), to Friday. He held a meeting at Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) headquarters where officers from the civic body and irrigation department were present.
Last year on the same day the water level was eight thousand million cubic (TMC), but now it has come down to six TMC.
An official of the irrigation department on condition of anonymity said, “At least half TMC water would be needed during the Palkhi procession and half TMC water will evaporate.”
Meanwhile, as the civic administration plans to implementing water cuts in the city, the opposition targeted the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Bapat on the water issue.
Congress leader Mohan Joshi said, “Bapat has released more water to rural areas during the voting period to attract votes for BJP candidate in Baramati Lok Sabha constituency.”