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Panshet, Khadakwasla, Varasgaon full, intermittent rain for next few days in Pune

Last year, on the same date (August 20), Khadakwasla and Varasgaon were filled up to 80 per cent of their capacity, while only Panshet was full.

pune Updated: Aug 21, 2018 17:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Aspherical panoramic view of the Khadakwasla dam, which is 100 per cent full, on Monday. The left side of the picture represents water released from the dam, while the right side represents the dam storage.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Good rainfall in the catchment areas of the dams around Pune city in the last few days has filled three of the four dams that provide water to the city. As per the water resource department, Panshet, Khadakwasla and Varasgaon dams are full to capacity, while Temghar holds water stock at 59.65 per cent.

Last year, on the same date (August 20), Khadakwasla and Varasgaon were filled up to 80 per cent of their capacity, while only Panshet was full. On Monday, water discharge from the Khadakwasla dam was 13,981 cusecs, while 13,908 cusecs was discharged from Panshet dam and 6,077 cusecs from Varasgaon. As Temghar is yet to fill to its capacity, only 784 cusecs were discharged from the storage, informed an official from the irrigation department.

Meanwhile, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) website, the city is likely to experience intermittent rain for next few days.

“Rough to very rough sea conditions are likely to prevail over west and east central Arabian Sea during the next five days and over north Bay of Bengal during 24 hours, while heavy to very heavy rain is observed at isolated places over Konkan and Goa, south interior Karnataka, and Chhattisgarh,” the IMD website states.

Over 150 villages of Gadchiroli cut off

Over 150 villages of Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts are cut off from rest of the country following incessant rains since Sunday afternoon.

According to information available, five tehsils of south Gadchiroli — Mulchera, Bhamragarh, Etapalli, Sironcha and Aheri – were badly affected following heavy rains.

In Gadchiroli, around 135 villages including Hemalkasa where Magsaysay award winner Prakash Amte resides, were devoid of all means of communication over the last three days.

Similarly, the water level of Indravati that divides Maharashtra and neighbouring Chhattisgarh also increased and created havoc in the nearby tribal villages.

Several villagers from south Gadchiroli were shifted to safer places when Wainganga and Parlakota rivers were in spate.

Regional meteorological centre (RMC), Nagpur, issued warning of heavy rainfall ‘at isolated places’ in Vidarbha till August 22. With heavy rainfall, the water storage in most of the reservoirs in Nagpur division has improved a lot.

The divisional commissioner of Nagpur division, Anoop Kumar, reviewed the flood situation in the region and directed the concerned officials, particularly Gadchiroli and Chandrapur district administrations, to provide necessary compensation to the families for damages. Over 2,000 houses were damaged in Gadchiroli alone while the figure of Chandrapur would be around 500 due to heavy downpour in both the districts. “However, the situation is now totally under control,” claimed Kumar.

(With inputs from Pradip Kumar Maitra)

Fresh spell of rain brings relief to farmers, 92 per cent sowing in state so far

Shrinivas Deshpande

Monsoon, after a long gap, has revived in the state, bringing relief to farmers as the agriculture department has reported 92 per cent sowing so far on available cultivable land.

According to the state agriculture data, out of 140.69 lakh hectares, sowing activities have been carried out on 130.11 lakh hectares. “Between June 1 and August 10, the state received an average 723.7 mm rainfall, which is nearly about 83.9 per cent of the total rainfall. Konkan region received the maximum rainfall, while some parts of Nagpur and Marathwada region got medium rainfall so far,” the data states.

Out of 355 tehsils, 30 tehsils received 25 to 50 per cent rainfall; 117 tehsils witnessed 50 to 75 per cent rainfall, while 116 tehsils got 75 to 100 per cent rainfall and 92 tehsils received more than 100 per cent rainfall in Maharashtra.

“In Konkan region, the sowing activities have been carried out on 3.75 lakh hectares out of the 4.61 lakh hectares by August 14, which is almost 81 per cent of the total land,” stated the state agriculture department’s weekly released data.

As per the data, Pune region witnessed maximum sowing of crops at 108 per cent that includes 7.69 lakh hectares. On the other hand, 90 per cent of land in Nashik, 88 per cent in Kolhapur, 92 per cent in Aurangabad, 93 per cent in Latur, and 95 per cent of land in Amravati and 88 per cent land in Nagpur has been under kharif cultivation till August 14. Most of the cultivated land comes under the sugarcane plantations and has not been included in the kharif sowing.

Senior agriculture department official said that initially when the monsoon got delayed, they were concerned about sowing. “But it picked up in July. This year, most of the districts received good amount of rainfall which resulted in 90 per cent sowing in a very short time. And if the state continues to get good rain, 100 per cent of the land will be sowed within the next two weeks. We hope that the farmer gets bumper crops so that there is no shortage of food grains and pulses in the state,” said Vijay Sthool, head of agriculture meteorology department, Agriculture College, Pune.

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 16:59 IST

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