Pune: Water cuts continue in Pimpri-Chinchwad city despite Pavana dam being full

Salil Urunkar
Monday, 31 August 2020

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has said that the alternate day water supply to the city will continue despite Pavana dam having filled to its capacity

Pune: Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has said that the alternate day water supply to the city will continue despite Pavana dam having filled to its capacity.

Maval and Pimpri-Chinchwad residents are supplied water from Pavana dam. Pimpri-Chinchwad citizens are facing alternate day water supply for the last nine months. The water supply department of the civic body, citing equitable water distribution, had initially said that the water cuts will be only for two months from November 25, 2019, but those have been continued till date.

It had not rained in the catchment areas of the dam till July this year. So the water crisis had deepened. The rains began in early August and thereafter there was good rainfall in the catchment areas of the dam. Today, the dam holds 99.14 per cent water of its total capacity. As the rains continue in the dam catchment area, the inflow of water in the dam is increasing. Therefore, the discharge of water has been 2200 cusecs since Sunday morning.

The dam will be 100 per cent full and will now have a daily water supply. Residents expected the water cuts to end after nine months. But, for now citizens are disappointed. The civic officials have stated that till additional water stock is available, the water cuts will be maintained for alternate days in the city areas.

PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar told media persons that additional water will be required to start daily water supply. About 30 to 40 MLD of additional water is required. Until this water stock is available, the water cuts will continue in Pimpri-Chinchwad city.

PAVANA DAM

Rainfall

• Rainfall in last 24 hours - 22 mm

• Rainfall since June 1 - 1565 mm

• Total rainfall till date last year was 3204 mm

WATER STORAGE

• 99.14 per cent of total capacity water

• Was 100 per cent last year

• 1.14 per cent increase in water levels in last 24 hours

• Water levels has increased by 63.85 per cent since June 1

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