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Pune dams at 6.62 TMC; Fear of water scarcity looms large

DM More, secretary, Maharashtra irrigation commission, has accused the administration of failure in drinking water management.

pune Updated: Apr 29, 2019 16:41 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Khadakwasla,Panshet
Due to heavy rains until August 2018, the four dams in the district Khadakwasla, Panshet,Temghar and Varasgaon having crossed full capacity, were forced to release water(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

The water levels in all four dams that supply water to Pune, collectively stands at 6.62 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) as on Sunday. The question that is looming large is whether it will suffice till the monsoon begins. The calculations may vary as dam authorities have to continue to release water for use. Due to heavy rains until August 2018, the four dams in the district Khadakwasla, Panshet,Temghar and Varasgaon having crossed full capacity, were forced to release water. However, due to weak showers in September 2018, combined with the current rising mercury levels, has resulted in reduced water levels.The sharp drop in the dam levels is an indication of tough days ahead with civic authorities having no option but to go for water cuts.

Siddharth Dhende, deputy mayor,Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC),said, “The city requires 1.25 TMC of water per month. We can manage five TMC of water for next 80 days. In case of critical conditions, water cuts will be implemented.”

DM More, secretary, Maharashtra irrigation commission, has accused the administration of failure in drinking water management. He said, “Pune, Aurangabad, Solapur, Nashik, Osmanabad are dependent on dams which are running dry now. “

As per irrigation department statistics, they have to continue with the current discharge of 1,205 cubic feet per second (cusecs) from the Khadakwasala reservoir, on a daily basis for villages and for agriculture. Along with this, there are two other discharge planned into Yawat and Patas canals lined up in the next 15 days. So, experts are of the view that water scarcity will be hitting the city hard.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 16:40 IST