Monday meet postponed as collector Deshmukh had to go to Delhi for a meeting
The meeting to decide about giving 0.5 TMC Khadakwasla dam water to Daund has been postponed from Monday to Tuesday as Pune district collector Vikas Deshmukh had to rush to Delhi for an administrative reforms meeting.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has also put on hold decision about alternate day water supply to the city. Water department head V G Kulkarni said the decision will depend on the directives of the irrigation department. Depending on the amount of water the district collector allocates to Daund,it will be decided whether we need a water cut, said Kulkarni. While chief engineer water resources,Pune,Avinash Surve said water storage will not be affected even if we allot water to Daund and Pune will need not a further water cut. Surve reiterated that the dam levels have increased to 1.95 TMC and there is bound to be good rains in the latter half of the month which would help increase the storage.
The irrigation department is confident that giving 0.5 TMC to these areas will not affect water distribution system in Pune. The move has been opposed in the PMC and MP Suresh Kalmadi has asked the district collector to reconsider the proposal.
Last week,Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had asked the district collector,irrigation officials and elected representatives to address water scarcity in Daund and surrounding areas. At present,the city needs 1,050 MLD water. So as per our calculations this water will suffice till August 15,Kulkarni added.
Pawar had recently said it was not that the irrigation department sets aside less water for Pune. The irrigation department has earmarked 11.5 TMC water for Pune,but the city draws over 14 TMC from the reservoirs of the four dams Khadakwasla,Temghar,Varasgaon and Panshet.
The civic bodys water supply calculations are based on the assumption that Punes population is around 35 lakh (it is actually 32 lakh as per the provisional 2011 census figures). About 135 litres to 150 litres of water per head per day puts the total water consumption at about 7.8 TMC. As per the civic body estimates,leakages are responsible for 30 per cent to 40 per cent losses along with transportation and distribution losses.