Only 25% water in Pune dams

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Pune: While people are anxiously waiting for the arrival of monsoon, there is about 25 per cent water storage remaining in dams of Pune as per the Water Resources Department. 

As per the department, the dam storage level in Pune, as on May 21, stood at 25.75 per cent and the same stood at 15.59 per cent on the same day in 2017. The water level on March 29 stood at 52.22 per cent while it reduced to 42.69 per cent on April 15. 

Pune: While people are anxiously waiting for the arrival of monsoon, there is about 25 per cent water storage remaining in dams of Pune as per the Water Resources Department. 

As per the department, the dam storage level in Pune, as on May 21, stood at 25.75 per cent and the same stood at 15.59 per cent on the same day in 2017. The water level on March 29 stood at 52.22 per cent while it reduced to 42.69 per cent on April 15. 

The water level has further reduced to 25.75 per cent and officials from the Irrigation Dept are hoping for early arrival of monsoon so that people do not have to face water crisis. 

Although the level is better than last year, officials of the Irrigation Department are concerned by the excessive use of water by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and had asked the civic body to reduce water usage. Officials of the Irrigation Department said that PMC is using water at the rate of 1,600 million litres per day, and at this rate, there will be an issue of water scarcity in the months of June and July.

As per the Irrigation Department, PMC is sanctioned 11.5 TMC of water yearly, while they are consuming 15 to 16 TMC of water on an annual basis. The Water Resource Department has sanctioned 3 TMC of water to the Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR), which is currently facing issues of water shortage and Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) has started to make a plan for water management in PMR region. The Indian Meteorological Department had recently predicted that southwest monsoon will be hitting Kerala two days early on May 29.

Water level on May 21
Dams                     2018        2017

Khadakwasla        82.13%    30.67% 
Panshet                59.92%    41.19%
Pavana                 31.3%    30.4%
Bhama Askhed    34.17%    21.91%

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