PUNE: Although the level of water in city dams is comparatively better as compared to last year, officials of the Irrigation Department have urged the corporations to use water rationally.
As per data by the Water Resource Department, Pune has about 55.45 per cent storage of water this year as on March 22, as compared to around 39.32 per cent last year for the same period. Similarly, the storage in four major dams of Pune including Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar is better as compared to last year. Officials of the Irrigation Department informed that as per data of March 22, there is about 2.86 TMC more water as compared to last year in Khadakwasla dam. Last year on March 22, Khadakwasla storage was 11.73 TMC.
Experts have highlighted better monsoon of 2017 as one of the reasons for better storage of water this year. However, officials of Irrigation Department have called for the rational use of water by the corporation bodies.
"The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is sanctioned 11.5 TMC of water yearly while they are consuming 15 TMC of water. The storage level is currently better than last year but that does not mean we can use water any way we like. In last one month, we have used around 2 TMC of water, which should be brought under control," said an official from the Irrigation Department.
However, officials of PMC have blamed the leakage of water as a major problem causing the inflated figures of water usage by the corporation body. "If all leakages are sealed, it will be observed that the PMC consumes less than 15 TMC water yearly," said an official from PMC.