Pune: The Khadakwasla dam was filled to capacity on Saturday following heavy rain in its catchment areas. As a result, the State Water Resources Department released water from the dam into Mutha river.
The water resources department released 2,000 cusecs of water into Mutha river from 8 pm on Friday.
The discharge was increased gradually from 2,000 cusecs to 5,500 cusecs from 8 am on Saturday. By 10 am, the discharge was increased to 7,000 cusecs. Meanwhile, government authorities issued a warning to citizens staying along the river banks and in low lying areas not to venture into the riverbed and park their vehicles along the riverbed road.
At 11 am on Saturday, the discharge was increased to 9,000 cusecs while by 2 pm, the water resources department increased it to 14,000 cusecs.
Water resources department Executive Engineer PB Shelar told Sakal Times that rainfall decreased by noon on Saturday in Khadakwasla dam’s catchment area and the discharge will not be increased unless it rains heavily again. It continued raining in Varasgaon, Panshet and Temghar’s catchment areas. “The discharge of 1,100 cusecs from the canal for drinking and agriculture purposes for Daund, Indapur, Haveli and Baramati talukas already started two days ago,” he added.
According to the water resources department, between 8 am on Friday and 5 pm on Saturday, the total rainfall in four dams of Khadakwasla, Varasgaon, Panshet and Temghar was 641 mm.