Pimpri: With the water level in Pavana dam crossing 95 per cent mark on Friday, the irrigation department started releasing water from the spillway of the dam. Officials of irrigation department said, “Water worries of 20 lakh people in Pimpri-Chinchwad for next year are over now. Hence, we started releasing water from the dam as good rainfall continues in the catchment area.”
Pavana dam, the lifeline of Pimpri-Chinchwad, has crossed the 95 per cent storage mark. If water had not been released in the river, it would have been filled to 100 per cent capacity. As compared to the previous year, the dam has been filled 10 days earlier.
From June 1 to July 28, the dam recorded over 2,192 mm rainfall. PCMC lifts more than 350 MLD water from the dam every day.
On May 2, the dam was having 38 per cent water. The PCMC has imposed 15 per cent water cut for the city, as a precautionary measure.
Due to water cut, there was 22.71 per cent water on June 15.
The officials started releasing 1,352 cusecs water from the spillway of the dam. This is apart from 1,394 cusecs water that is being released for hydro power project.
If rain continues in the catchment area, the irrigation department will have to release more water from the spillway site.