No water cuts in the city till June, says Girish Bapat
Girish Bapat said, “At present, the water stock in dams is good enough and there is no need for immediate cuts. The review of the water supply will be taken every week. Existing stock will be enough to supply sufficient water to the city.”
PUNE: No water cuts will be imposed in Pune till June, announced Pune District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat on Friday during a water review meeting.
Bapat called the review meeting on the background of diminishing water storage in the nearby dams. For the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), he conducted the meeting in which Khadakwasla Irrigation Division officials and PMC Commissioner Saurabh Rao, in addition to Water Supply Department officials were present.
According to the Irrigation Department, the water available in four dams that provide water to Pune namely Khadakwasla, Temghar, Varasgaon and Panshet, is less compared to last year.
These four dams had around 8.20 Thousand Million Cubic feet (TMC) water in 2018 on this day as against 5.92 TMC in this year on Friday.
However, Bapat said, “At present, the water stock in dams is good enough and there is no need for immediate cuts. The review of the water supply will be taken every week. Existing stock will be enough to supply sufficient water to the city.”
He said, “If necessary, we can use dead water stock of the three dams. The PMC will have to make technical arrangements for using the dead water stock.”
TANKERS IN RURAL AREAS
There is a lot of water scarcity in rural parts of Pune district rather than urban areas. So, the PMC should provide financial assistance to provide water tankers to rural parts, Bapat said.
“The PMC should also provide grass to animals in the drought regions. For that, the civic body will have to use water and give land for grass. The State Government has given responsibility to the PMC to set up cattle camps in fringe areas of the city. Therefore, the PMC should use the amount from their budget,” he added.
WATER LIFTED BY PMC
- According to Pune Municipal Corporation officials, the civic body is lifting around 1,350 MLD water.
- Measures like water cuts every Thursday are already in place to deal with water scarcity.
- The State Government’s Irrigation Department wants to bring the water quota down to around 1,150 MLD.
- The Irrigation Department appealed to PMC in December 2018 to voluntarily start water cuts so that drastic measures during summer can be avoided.
- The review of the water supply will be taken every week.