Pune: Rainfall activity has increased in the catchment areas of Khadakwasla cluster - the four dams including Temghar, Varasgaon, Panshet and Khadakwasla - which provide drinking water to Pune city as well as for agricultural and industrial sectors.
The total water storage in four dams under the Khadakwasla cluster has reached 27.42 TMC (94.08 per cent) till Friday (August 21) morning 6 am. Last year, the water storage in this cluster was 29.05 TMC (99.66 per cent).
Discharge from Khadakwasla dam is currently at 16247 cusecs. Irrigation Department officials informed that the discharge of water from Khadakwasla dam into Mutha river will be increased further if the heavy downpour continues.
Panshet dam was filled 100 per cent on August 17, Monday night. Thereafter, rainfall activity had receded in the catchment areas of the four dams, however, the Indian Meteorological Department had forecasted heavy rainfall in the next few days in Ghat regions including dam catchment areas.
Water was being discharged from Khadakwasla dam by 3424 cusecs till 7 am on Friday (August 21) morning. As expected the rainfall activity had increased early morning and the water inflow from all dams to Khadakwasla dam started rising considerably. As a result, officials had to increase the water discharge into Mutha river basin up to 9416 cusecs by 8 am and later it was increased up to 16247 cusecs at 10.30 am.
Disaster management cell and Pune Municipal Corporation officials have sounded alert to citizens staying in nearby areas of the Mutha river basin. They have also appealed Punekars to not park their vehicles on the riverbed road.
At present, Panshet, Kalmodi, Nazare and Andra dams in the district are at filled to 100 per cent capacity. Bhatghar, Nira Deodhar, Veer, Wadaj, Kasarsai, Khadakwasla and Gunjavani dams are almost full. The water storage in Ujani Dam has crossed 60 per cent mark.
Khadakwasla Cluster Water Storage (As of 6am on August 21)
According to records,
Temghar dam has a shortage of 2.85 TMC which amounts to 76.77 per cent. Similarly, Varasgaon dam has a shortage of 12 in TMC which amounts to 93.5 per cent. Panshet dam has a shortage of 10.65 which amounts to 100 per cent Khadakwasla has a shortage of 1.97 in TMC, which amounts to 100 per cent.