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18% stock ample to meet water needs of Pune division, says official statistics

Three prominent dams of Pune region go dry; civic authorities resting hopes on other water bodies to meet drinking water needs till July 15

pune Updated: May 07, 2019 15:13 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Ujani dam’s live water stock is zero and dead water level is -34.98 as on May 6. (HT PHOTO )

Even as three prominent dams in Pune region, namely Ghod-Chinchani, Pimpalgaon Joge and Ujani, have gone dry, Pune division is resting its hopes on the 18.15 per cent live water stock in the other water bodies in the region to meet the drinking water needs till July 15.

Deepak Mhaisekar, Pune divisional commissioner, said that the 18 per cent live water stock in the dams in Pune division will be enough to provide drinking water till July 15.

As per the latest statistics released by the state government’s water resources department, major dams in Pune region such as Ghod-Chinchani, Pimpalgaon Joge, and Ujani have gone dry. Currently, Ujani dam has a water level of -34.98 (dead water level) as on May 6.

Meanwhile, dams like Dimbe, Chasakman, Manikdoh, Vadaj, Nira Deodhar and Bhatghar are having 5 per cent water stock.

According to Maharashtra’s water resource department, Pune region has 18.15 per cent of live water stock available as on May 6, as against 38.21 per cent last year.

“We have conducted a review meeting with all district collectors in our division, and as far as drinking water is concerned, we have enough water stock. We have formulated an irrigation water rotation plan and a decision would be taken at the district collector’s level. Yes, the water stock at dams like Ujani is below zero, but still we have enough dead storage to sustain till July 15,” Mhaisekar said.

Mhaisekar said, “Currently, at least 757 tankers were plying in Pune division. New tanker points have been identified for rural areas. Of the 757 tankers, 206 water tankers were operational in Solapur district, 182 in Satara district and 174 in Sangli district. The worst affected areas in Pune division include Solapur, Mohol, Mangalwedha, Satara, Atpadi, Maan, Khatav and Dahiwadi

Of the 57 talukas in Pune region, at least 42 talukas have received deficit rainfall; 27 of which had a deficit of more than 30 per cent, according to India Meteorological Department.

Temperature rises by three degrees on Monday, to continue to rise till May 9

The interim relief that residents got through rains and thunderstorms over the last week is not set to continue as the maximum temperature on Monday stood at 39.6 degree Celsius, increased by atleast 3 degrees when compared to Sunday.

“As predicted earlier, there is a chance of heat wave over isolated pockets of north Maharashtra, central Maharashtra and Marathwada on May 6, 7 and 8. The maximum temperature is likely to cross 40 degrees Celsius on Tuesday,” said Anupam Kashyapi, head, weather, India Meteorological Department (IMD).

“The maximum temperatures in most parts of the state have been 2 to 3 degrees above normal and is set to rise in the coming days,” he said.

Kashyapi informed that the hot and dry northwesterly winds would continue until May 9 and several other districts of Maharashtra will become victims of heat wave conditions. He added that Vidharbha and Marathwada along with parts of Central Maharashtra have been worst affected due to heat.

The official also informed that on May 10, a trough is expected to develop around Gujarat extending up to Arabian Sea.

However, on May 10, a trough is expected to develop from Gujarat up to Arabian Sea. In addition to the system, a convergence zone will develop over parts of Central Maharashtra.As a result, there will be chance of light thunderstorm and rainfall activity over isolated pockets of Maharashtra from May 10 onwards,said the official.

IMD, Pune informed that the heat would lessen from May 9 onwards but one or two strong spells of heatwave are expected in May.

Just 4.97 % water in Marathwada Dams,region faces worst drought ever.

The drought situation in Marathwada region has worsened with rapidly depleting water levels in dams with majority running dry. According to the figures released by the state water resources department on May 6, Marathwada, one of the worst affected regions in the state, has just 4.97% of water stock available as against 26.29% on May 6, 2018.

Eight prominent dams in the Aurangabad region, including Paithan (Jayakwadi), Manjara, Yeldari, Lower Terna and Lower Dudhana, have gone dry, a state department official said. These dams are the primary source for Aurangabad, Latur and Nanded districts. Marathwada has 45 major dams.

Vijaykumar Phad, deputy commissioner (revenue), divisional commissionerate, Aurangabad, said, “The live water level in dams is depleting fast. We have taken adequate measures to save the available stock till the onset of monsoon. Each district administration in our division has been asked to tap newer water sources. We have also increased the number of tankers supplying water to eight districts in Marathwada.”

For Jalna district in Aurangabad region, the district administration is identifying new water filling stations to be brought under its control.

By April 26, 2019, the state government has deployed 2,534 tankers to supply water to 1,841 villages and 677 hamlets affected by drought, according to the state water resources department.

Marathwada, the worst affected region in Maharashtra, has 4.97 % live water stock available in dams. Of the eight districts, Aurangabad, Beed and Jalna districts are the worst hit, a state government official said. The district administration has decided to supply water to Latur, Parbhani and Osmanabad through tankers and small irrigation projects.

First Published: May 07, 2019 15:13 IST