PUNE: In what comes as a good news for residents of Pune and nearby districts, about 55 per cent of the total dams of Bhima basin have reached 100 per cent of their storage. Of the total 25 dams, 14 dams are filled to their capacity and another four dams have storage of over 90 per cent of their capacity.
As per information shared by the irrigation department, storage level in dams like Kalamodi (1.5 TMC), Chaskaman (7.57 TMC), Bhama Askhed (7.67 TMC), Vadivale (1.07 TMC), Andhra (2.92 TMC), Pavana (8.51 TMC), Mulshi (18.47 TMC), Varasgaon (12.82 TMC), Panshet (10.65 TMC), Khadakwasla (1.97 TMC), Nira Devghar (11.73 TMC), Bhatghar (23.50 TMC), Veer (9.41 TMC) and Ujani (53.57 TMC) has reached to its full capacity.
Similarly, Vadaj dam with 1.1 TMC capacity has about 93.6 per cent storage, Dimbhe with 12.26 TMC capacity is 98.1 per cent full, Ghod with 5.06 TMC capacity is 92.5 per cent full and Kasarsai with 0.56 TMC capacity is about 98.5 per cent full. The storage in Khadakwasla basin which supplies water to Pune city from Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar dam has reached to 27.87 TMC which is 95.5 per cent its total capacity.
According to Water Resources Department, water storage in dams in Maharashtra has reached 66.19 per cent as on Wednesday. Of the six divisions including Konkan, Pune, Nashik, Amravati, Nagpur, Marathwada, Konkan with 93.1 per cent storage, and Pune with 87.41 per cent storage leads the chart followed by Nashik (63.8 per cent storage), Amravati (54.4 per cent storage), Nagpur (48.67 per cent storage) and Marathwada (29.1 per cent storage).
The monsoon in Maharashtra gets over by September. According to the irrigation department, Pune city consumes about 15 to 16 TMC ft water on an annual basis. The Water Resource Department has sanctioned 3 TMC ft water to the Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR), which is currently facing water shortage.