Thirsty Ranchi on the edge as dams dry up

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Published on Jul 03, 2016 08:03 AM IST
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RANCHI: More than two lakh Ranchi residents may go thirsty after a week if the monsoon continues to play truant with the state capital, as water in the Hatia dam has almost dried up, an official said on Saturday.

The dam has only 2.5ft of water left that will last until July 10 at the most, said KK Verma, executive engineer at the dam. “If there is insufficient rain in the next few days, we will have to stop supply of water after July 10,” he said.

Water levels in the other dams of Ranchi district are also receding, Verma said, adding that the Kanke dam that supplies 4.5 million gallon of water every day to the city, has only 5ft water left. He, however, added that Rukka dam that supplies 30 million gallon of water per day to the city has 8ft of water left and can quench the thirst of more than four lakh residents until October.

After the 2015 drought, the city has seen deficient monsoon so far even this year. Ran chi has received just 79 mm of rainfall between June 1 and July 1 against the normal rainfall of 234.6mm, a deficit of 66% until now. The city experienced a spell of heavy shower son Saturday evening but not enough to bring any relief to residents.

Not just Ranchi, but the entire state has been facing deficit rainfall. Jharkhand received only 121.6 mm rainfall against the normal rainfall of 216mm, a deficit of 44%.

Even civic body official are facing the impact of depleting ground water levels. “Boring wells in city neighbourhoods have dried up and we are not getting regular supply from the Hatia dam. To deal with the situation, we pay Rs 1,200 to RMC for 12 kilo litres water every day,” said Pramod Kumar, nodal officer of RM C’ s rain water harvesting cell.

Upmarket city neighbourhoods, including Dhurwa, Doranda, Hinoo, Hatia, Ashok Nagar and Harmu that are being supplied water three times a week, are the worst affected due to deficit rainfall. With surface water depleting, pressure on ground water reached alarming level in these neighbourhoods.

The Met department, however, has predicted good rainfall across the state from Sunday. “Monsoon has become active again and the state, including Ranchi, is likely to receive good rainfall for the next few days,” said RS Sharma at the Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

He further said a low pressure system over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha coupled with a trough line that has shifted northwards is likely to bring moderate to heavy rainfall across Jharkhand.


    Sanjoy Dey is principal correspondent in Jharkhand and writes on government, urban development, forest and environment, tourism, rural development and agriculture. He likes to write human interest stories.

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