Water levels in dams drop

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Despite the ongoing drought situation and depleting water storage in four major dams providing water to Pune city, authorities are yet to take a decision on water cuts in the city.

Pune: Despite the ongoing drought situation and depleting water storage in four major dams providing water to Pune city, authorities are yet to take a decision on water cuts in the city.

On Monday, the water storage in these four dams dropped to 15.9 TMC feet, which is 23 per cent less compared to last year in the same period. The drought situation in different parts of the district has called for proper utilisation of water. About 4 TMC feet of water will have to be released for irrigation in coming months, which will leave less amount of water for the city which utilises 16 TMC of water on an annual basis.
 
The Water Resources Department has asked PMC to use 1150 MLD  water. Officials of the district administration said they are providing water through tankers in drought-hit areas of the district and the demand for water is bound to increase till the arrival of monsoon.  In October last year, the government declared drought in 155 talukas of Maharashtra, including 7 in Pune district. The issue has also led to a clash between the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Irrigation Department as the latter has suggested that the former should reduce water utilisation for better management.

The call for water cuts has also raised objections from political leaders and hence, a decision on the same is expected on Tuesday as the stakeholders have planned a meeting for the same.

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