Pune: Rain in catchments prompts water discharge from three reservoirs

  • | Friday | 22nd September, 2023

PUNE: The catchment areas of most dams in the district recorded fairly good spells of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, prompting discharge of water.The live stock of Bhatghar dam reached its full capacity of 23.5TMC for the first time this season, prompting the irrigation department to discharge water from all gates of the dam at over 1,400 cusecs (cubic feet per second) in Neera river. Bhatghar dam supplies water to parts of Pune and Satara districts. The water stock in Panshet and Varasgaon, which had reduced from its full capacity due to scanty rainfall over the past week, returned to the 100% mark on Thursday. The collective storage in the four dams in Khadakwasla circle was at 27.3TMC - or 27.8% of their total capacity - on Thursday. The stock in Bhama Askhed, which supplies water to the citys eastern parts, climbed to 7.65TMC, which is 99.7% of its total capacity. The state irrigation department also released water from Varasgaon and Panshet in Khadakwasla dam. The water stock in Khadakwasla has been brought down to 55% to accommodate the water released from upstream dams. Officials said that rainfall increased on Wednesday evening and the spells continued on Thursday. "We are expecting more showers as the weather department has predicted the return of rain for the next few days. Ongoing rainfall is crucial to fill the dams to full capacity as storage in some dams are around 90%, and they require continuous spells for at least a couple of days to push water levels to the brim," an official said.While Panshet and Varasgaon hold 100% water stock, the storage in Temghar has not reached its full capacity this season. On Thursday, the dams live stock was at 2.8TMC (76% of its capacity). The four dams can collectively hold 29.15TMC of water. Thursdays storage of 27.4TMC was 1.75TMC less than the full capacity. Officials said that on the same day last year, all four dams had 100% water stock.Meanwhile, besides the dams around Pune, the live water storage at Mulshi climbed to 97%. Water storages in Pavana and Andra dams continued to hold 100% water stock, which led to discharge of water to the power house from Pavana.

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