Water tankers’ demand shoots up

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 5 March 2019

While officials are yet to take a decision on water cuts in the city, the water storage level in four dams of Khadakwasla project, which supply water to the city, has reached to 11.43 TMC as compared to 15.81 TMC last year.

Pune: While officials are yet to take a decision on water cuts in the city, the water storage level in four dams of Khadakwasla project, which supply water to the city, has reached to 11.43 TMC as compared to 15.81 TMC last year.

Following the drought situation in Pune, the demand for water tankers has increased in number from 55 to 74 in the last three weeks. The State had earlier announced drought in 151 talukas and 318 revenue circles as drought prone. Of which, 7 talukas fall in Pune district.

The officials from the district administration said that about 21 water tankers have been provided to Baramati and 17 to Shirur. Apart from this, tanker facilities are also being provided to Ambegaon (9), Haveli (1), Indapur (1), Junnar (3), Khed (4) and Purandar (9). With the rise in temperature, officials are expecting that the demand will further rise from 74 to 150 in a few weeks and are hoping for timely monsoon.
 
As per information shared by Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar, the demand for water tankers in Pune region, which includes Pune, Satara, Solapur, Sangli and Kolhapur has reached 300. The tanker facility was started by the administration from December, following the shortage of water due to low rainfall last season. Officials said that in February, there were around 200 water tankers operating in the Pune division and now, the numberhas shot up to 300 and the demands are increasing on a daily basis. The PMC is currently lifting 1,350 MLD water as against 1,150 MLD as advised by the State Irrigation Department.

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