Pimpri: Due to the de-silting work undertaken at the Pavana Dam, it has resulted in the storage of more water. The work, which was carried out at the dam from last three years, has increased storage capacity and thus the city has enough water for next 45 days.
During last two years, a total of 75,000 cubic metre silt has been removed from the Pavana dam. This year alone, more than 31,000 cubic metre of silt has been removed so far. The de-silting work has been carried out through an initiative of Shiv Sena Maval MP Shrirang Barne.
He said, “The work has been started after getting permission from the district collector. The work will continue till the onset of rains in June this year. Social organisations and farmers are also contributing towards the work.”
“Farmers are using this silt in their farms.Around Rs 10 lakh was spent from the MP local area development (MPLAD) fund in last two years and another Rs 10 lakh will be spent this year,” he further said.
The work on the removal of silt is underway at different villages such as Thakurasai, Khadak Devande, Jone, Aapati in Pawana Dam. Section engineer of Irrigation Department Manohar Khade, Shiv Sena Vibhag Pramukh Amit Kumbhar and others were present along with Barne for the visit.
The dam was built in 1970 on Pavana river, which is around 40 km from Municipal limits. Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) lifts around 490 million litres per day (MLD) water to supply it to the city for drinking purposes.
Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) lifts another 100 MLD from this dam for supplying it to industrial areas in Pimpri Chinchwad, Hinjewadi IT park. Major areas of Talegaon and Dehu Road along with many downstream villages depend on the dam to meet their drinking water needs.
Since the proposed Andra and Bhama Askhed dam project is likely to delayed, this additional storage of water is going to prove beneficial for the city in scarcity situations.