Pune: With the mercury levels on the rise, the water level in Pune’s dams has reduced by approximately 10 per cent in the last 16 days.
As per the Water Resources Department, the dam storage level in Pune as on March 29 stood at 52.22 per cent and the same was reduced to 42.69 per cent on April 15. The water level on April 15 last year was 28.38 per cent.
Though Pune is expected to have a good monsoon this year, experts highlighted the need to make rational use of water before monsoon hits the city.
Recently, Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat had said that water cuts are a probability.
Although the level is better than last year, officials of the Irrigation Department are concerned by the use of water by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and had asked the civic body to reduce water usage.
The water storage level in Pune’s dams stood at 35.57 as on March 29 last year and on April 15, 2017, it was 28.38 per cent, which means in sixteen days, the water level had reduced by 7.19 per cent.
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.
As per the Irrigation Department, 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 sanctioned 3 TMC of water to the Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR), which is currently facing issues of water shortage and Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority has started to make a plan for water management in PMR region.