The irrigation department has reiterated its inability to provide more than the water reserved for the city,but the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) authorities are determined to get additional volume from the department even though a meeting between PMC commissioner and irrigation department officials failed to reach a breakthrough.
The current water stock of 3 TMC available in the city quota can last till May 31,but the PMC water supply officils said they are not planning any additional water cut.
PMC Commissioner Mahesh Pathak told Newsline that the civic body is focusing on working out ways to get additional water from the irrigation department rather than imposing additional water cuts as advised by the department.
We requested the irrigation department for more water but it didnt work out. We are following up the issue with them and are hopeful of things falling in place, said Pathak.
Avinash Surve,superintending engineer,Pune irrigation circle,said the department has already allocated 3.5 TMC in addition to PMCs 11.5 TMC quota. He said civic body officials excuse of increased water demand in summer was unacceptable.
They are doing nothing to save water. PMC supplies 279 litre per capita water,which is almost double the national norm of 175 litre per capita. Instead of citing increased seasonal demand,they should compare the water needs of PMC with other cities. Though the additional allocation is a policy decision,it is unlikely that they would get additional quota, said Surve,adding,as per the irrigation departments agreement with PMC,the civic body is supposed to recycle used water and deliver it for irrigation purpose,which it has failed to do.
V G Kulkarni,superintending engineer,water works,PMC,said additional water cut is out of question as it is difficult to go beyond the current limit of 30 per cent water cut. We are using the water carefully but bringing the water supply to 900 Million Litres Per Day (MLD) as advised by the irrigation department is not possible, said Kulkarni.
Last month,the irrigation department had clarified that it would provide 4 TMC water to the city and to be able to use the water till mid July,the PMC should implement a water cut by bringing down supply to 900 MLD from 1,200 MLD.
According to civic officials,PMC is currently supplying 1,100 MLD water and though it had tried to bring it down to 1,050 MLD,it had to be increased following public clamour.