Pune: Puneites have a reason to rejoice as the water stock in four dams supplying drinking water to Pune has started swelling following continuous rain in catchment areas of the dams.
According to the Maharashtra State Water Resources Department, during last 24 hours, the water stock of the dams has increased by almost 0.20 thousand million cubic (TMC) feet which means this water stock will meet the demand for water of Pune for at least a week.
For the past one week, the catchment areas of all four dams of Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar are experiencing rain shower, but the actual flow of water started from Monday morning leading to swelling in the current water stock. Despite the water flow and the rain showers, the dams of Temghar and Varasgaon still have nil water stock while Khadakwasla and Varasgaon dams have 0.27 TMC feet and 2.69 TMC feet water respectively.
According to the water resources department, between 8 am and 5 pm, the total rainfall occurred in the catchment areas is 90 mm and the total water storage is 2.96 TMC.
The average rainfall in the catchment areas of all four dams is between 2,000 and 2,500 mm.
Conditions favourable for rapid advance of southwest monsoon
Pune: Favourable conditions are developing for the rapid advance of southwest monsoon into most parts northwest India, including remaining parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, East Uttar Pradesh, entire West Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and some parts of Rajasthan during the next three days. IMD has also predicted heavy rain in Maharashtra.
For Maharashtra, IMD has predicted that heavy to very heavy rains are very likely at a few places in Vidarbha, Konkan and Goa till June 30. Heavy rain is very likely at isolated places in Madhya Maharashtra on June 30.
IMD noted that the onset of monsoon is expected in view of the likely west-north westward movement of the cyclonic circulation, which is currently located over north Odisha and may interact with an approaching western disturbance.
IMD predictions for the weather across the country states that rains are very likely at most places over northeastern states, central India, along west coast, at many places over northwest India and at a few places over east and peninsular India.
Across the country, thunderstorms occurred at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat region, Saurashtra and Kutch, Madhya Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Vidarbha, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Heavy rain occurred at a few places over Konkan and Goa and at isolated places over Uttarakhand and Madhya Maharashtra, heavy rains over Assam and Meghalaya, coastal Karnataka, Kerala and interior TN on Monday.