2 TMC less storage in dams; meet to save water this week

  • | Tuesday | 12th December, 2023

Pune: PMC and irrigation department officials will hold a meeting this week to discuss water-saving measures being implemented in the city and rural areas in view of 2 TMC less stock in the four major dams this year as against the last.The collective stock in the four dams in the Khadakwasla circle failed to reach their collective capacity of 29.15 TMC this year due to less rainfall in the catchment areas.On Monday, the collective stock in the four dams was at 24.2 TMC (82%), which was almost 2 TMC less than 26.4 TMC (90%)storage recorded on the same day last year.The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)s water supply department said there was no immediate plan to impose any water cuts in the city, however, the authorities were keeping a close watch on the water situation.The administration has started taking various water-saving measures. We are laying a pipeline to supply water from the Cantonment water works to the Phursungi water project. PMC will not have to lift water from the canal once the pipeline work is complete, a civic official said.Among other measures, the administration is also exploring an option to draw more water from the Bhama Askhed dam. PMC is entitled to lift 200 MLD water from Bhama Askhed, but only about 135 MLD water is being lifted as of now.Another civic official said that the administration would discuss the water-saving measures with the irrigation department during the meeting.PMC had imposed once-a-week water closure in the city due to the delayed monsoon arrival this year. An official from the irrigation department said the water situation in the dams looked challenging as there was a 2 TMC shortfall already.The issues pertaining to water supply and distribution were discussed at a meeting with deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in November. Pawar had directed the PMC and irrigation department to work out plans for to save water water.We also published the following articles recentlyOPS urges TN govt to release water from Mullaperiyar dam for irrigationFormer AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam urges Tamil Nadu government to release water from Mullaperiyar dam for irrigation in Theni district. Crops on 9,000 acres of land are dying due to the delay. OPS calls for the intervention of chief minister MK Stalin to direct the Theni district administration for immediate release of water.

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