With monsoon showers being few and far between,Pune city has recorded the second lowest rainfall in June in the last 42 years.
This years June rainfall was 34.5 mm for the city. From 1970-2012,the lowest rainfall recorded for June was in 1974 with 19.7 mm. The third lowest recorded was in 1972,when it was just 35.4 mm. The normal mean rainfall for June is 137.7 mm,while for July it is 305.9 mm. This year,the average rainfall over the two months is 160.6 mm less than normal,said Met department officials.
This year,the total rainfall for June and July has been 51.6 mm in the city. July recorded 17.1 mm rainfall. The Met department says conditions are not favourable for the next two days and the average mean may continue to be less unless there is a heavy downpour. On Thursday,the met department recorded only 0.4 mm for the city.
The average rainfall for the season for Pune is 566.3 mm. The lowest ever rainfall recorded was in 2003 with 379.3 mm while the highest was 882 mm in 1988. The lowest ever rainfall for June was in 1947 with just 1.3 mm.
Despite the Met departments optimism that rainfall will pick up next week,given the current situation,the city is on the verge of a water crisis.
Water levels at Panshet,Varasgaon,Khadakwasla and Temghar dams is at 1.68 TMC now as against 8.03 TMC at the same time last year.
Irrigation officials said the situation was grim with little rainfall in the catchment areas over the last three days. In a meeting last week,Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had said that the decision on alternate-day water supply would be taken after July 15.
However,things are not looking bright. District officials say that a review on the sources of water and distribution will be held. While PMC is likely to go in for alternate-day water supply post review,PCMC is slightly better off with Pavana dam having more water.