Pune: Along with once-a-day five-hour water supply, Puneites will have to brace for no water supply twice a month. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has given the green signal to the Water Resource Department to shut down the water supply twice a month. District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat made this announcement at a press conference on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Bapat held a meeting with officials of the PMC and Khadakwasla Irrigation Division of State Water Resource Department and announced the decision of the water supply closure. Khadakwasla Irrigation Division supplies water for drinking purpose to city and surrounding areas and for drinking to some parts of Pune district.
Bapat told reporters, “Compared to last year, there is 20 per cent less water in the dams. So, we decided to implement closure twice a month to save water and use it during summer season.”
“The PMC has completed closed water pipeline project to supply water from Parvati to Pune Cantonment area and they are conducting trial run of supplying water through closed pipeline. After executing this project around 60 Million Litres Per Day (MLD) to 100 MLD will be saved,” Bapat said, adding that water needs to be used sparingly so that no problem is faced in the months of May, June and July.
He said a few years back, water had to supplied every alternate day and steps are being taken to avoid such a situation.
PMC Water Supply Chief VG Kulkarni said, “We have suggested to Khadakwasla Division of State Water Resource Department that we will close down water on Thursdays in first and third week of every month. They have agreed.”
As per the canal committee’s decision, Pune city is receiving 1,150 MLD water.
At the Wednesday meeting in the PMC Main Building, Mayor Mukta Tilak and PMC Commissioner Saurabh Rao demanded increase in the supply from 1,150 MLD to 1,350 MLD and requested a cut in the water quota of rural parts of Pune district.
However, Sanjeev Chopade, Superintendent Engineer of Khadakwasla Dam Division of State Water Resources Department objected to the increase in water supply quota.