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Monsoon weak, city braces for water cut ; PMC asks corporators to take a call

The water available in Khadakwasla dam for the city’s potable water supply was enough to last till July 25. (Source: Photo Arul Horizon ) The water available in Khadakwasla dam for the city’s potable water supply was enough to last till July 25. (Source: Express photo by Arul Horizon )
Express News Service | Pune | Posted: June 26, 2014 5:08 am | Updated: June 26, 2014 9:49 am

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has asked corporators to decide any water cut aimed at tackling the water shortage in the city because of a below-average monsoon so far. They have put the ball in the corporaters’ court, apprehending   criticism from political parties.   Monsoon has not gathered enough momentum to fill the reservoirs that supply water to the city.
The scene is bleak with rainfall in the country till June 24 dipping 38 per cent from the long period average.
“The irrigation department has apprised us of the water reserve in dams supplying water to the city. It urged the PMC to carry out management of water to ensure the reserve is stretched to last as many days as possible. The technical work on the water management has been prepared, which would be presented at the all-party meeting to be headed by the mayor on Thursday and they will take a decision,” said Municipal Commissioner
Vikas Deshmukh.
The  municipal commissioner said the irrigation department had informed them that there was only 1.96 TMC of water in the dams that supply water to the city and 1.8 TMC of it be available for use considering evaporation and other loss.
There has been some rainfall in the city areas but the catchment areas of the four dams have been more or less dry.  Deshmukh said that there has been no rainwater inflow into the dam and the administration will have no option than take tough measures to streamline available resources.
He refused to divulge details of the plan being proposed by the civic administration to handle an impending water shortage.
“We will give information to leaders of political parties and urge them to take a decision,” he said. According to the civic officers, PMC uses 1250 MLD of  water every day to meet the drinking water supply needs of citizens and if the same continues, the water reserve could only be available till July 25.
Meanwhile, the commissioner directed the city engineering department to take strict action against builders using water supplied by PMC for construction work.
“The civic staff have been asked to carry out surprise checks and issue orders to stop construction work that are found to be using PMC water,” he added.
Last week, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had hinted at a water cut in the city owing to deficient rainfall.

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