PUNE: Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat on Thursday hinted that water cuts may be implemented in the city.
He was present for the Canal Committee meeting at VVIP Circuit House near Koregaon Park. Minister of State for Water Resources Vijay Shivtare, Mayor Mukta Tilak, PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar and other government officials were present for the meet to discuss the issue of water management from Pavana, Khadakwasla, Chaskaman and Bhama Askhed dams.
Bapat said adequate water was supplied to the city for last nine months and citizens should now be ready to face water cuts.
"Considering the rise in population in Pune city and proper planning of water utilisation, there is need to introduce water cuts," added Bapat.
Going ahead around 1,350 MLD (million litres per day) of water will be provided to the city. "If the monsoon comes early then we can lift the water cuts and a good amount of water will be supplied to the city," Bapat said. In January and February, the PMC used around 1,600 MLD of water forcing the Irrigation Department to write letters to the civic body to curtail the use of water. The guardian minister said government officials are planning water management in Pune district and so there should not be confusion between urban and rural areas on the usage of water.
VG Kulkarni of PMC Water Supply Department said work for laying water pipelines between Cantonment and Parvati water treatment plant is in progress and so there is a rise in consumption of water of Pune city. Bapat said PMC should work along with Irrigation Department to save water by various means including removing water leakages.