Water level in dams rises to 52.22 per cent

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 29 March 2018

Pune: While Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat has called for water cuts in the city, officials of the Irrigation Department have welcomed the move. Although the level of water in city dams is comparatively better than last year, officials of the Irrigation Department were concerned by the use of water by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and had approached the PMC to reduce the water usage.

Authorities have planned the water cut to use the current storage of water till June and July. 

Pune: While Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat has called for water cuts in the city, officials of the Irrigation Department have welcomed the move. Although the level of water in city dams is comparatively better than last year, officials of the Irrigation Department were concerned by the use of water by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and had approached the PMC to reduce the water usage.

Authorities have planned the water cut to use the current storage of water till June and July. 

The water level in Pune dams on March 29 this year is about 52.22 per cent as compared to 35.57 per cent on March 29 last year. 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.

Officials of the Irrigation Department said that 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 now planned to sanction 3 TMC of water to the Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR), which is currently facing issues of water shortage. 

Officials said that if 3 TMC of water has to be routed to PMR, there have to be water cuts in other areas or PMR will have to develop sources of water. 

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