Pune might face water cuts

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 27 April 2019

Khadakwasla Irrigation Department officials said, “We have to supply water to the city and some parts of the Pune district through canal by mid-July. So, we have to use water carefully."

PUNE: On the background of insufficient water in dams, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Khadakwasla Irrigation Department have given a hint of a water cut in coming days in the city. At present, there is water of 6.93 Thousand Million Cubic feet (TMC) in the four dams which supply water to Pune city. Last year, it was 9.63 TMC ft on April 26. 

The city receives water from Khadakwasla, Panshet, Warasgaon and Temghar dams. The capacity is Khadakwasla dam (capacity-1.97 TMC feet), Panshet (10.65 TMC), Warasgaon (12.85 TMC) and Temghar (3.61 TMC). The total live storage of all four dams is 29.05 TMC. Due to good rainfall, there is enough water in the dams. 

Khadakwasla Irrigation Department officials said, “We have to supply water to the city and some parts of the Pune district through canal by mid-July. So, we have to use water carefully. However, we have not sent any letter to the PMC. Right now, we supply water through canal to Daund and some villages of Pune district.” 

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials are predicting a water cut in the city. 
ccording to the officials, “Due to election period, Khadakwasla Irrigation Department has not asked us to cut water. But, there are chances of water cut after the Model Code of Conduct is over on May 2.”

Due to the drought in parts of Pune district, Khadakwasla Irrigation Department decided to cut the city’s water supply by 200 Million Litres Per Day (MLD) from November last year. After that, the PMC decided to supply water five hours a day. However, the BJP refused to cut the water supply for Pune city. 

In a recent report on tankers, the PMC admitted drinking water supply through tankers has increased. According to the statistics, 17,906 water tankers were needed in the March-2018, Now the demand has increased to 23,025 in March 2019.

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