A day after a demand to this effect from former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, irrigation officials said Friday that they were open to drawing water from Mulshi dam for Pune city’s needs as and when requested by the civic body for the same.
“There has been a considerable dip in dam water levels compared to the last year. However, some rain over the past few days has taken up the storage to 15.94 TMC for the four dams supplying water to the city, which should be good to last till July 15 next year. However, this is only for drinking purposes. There is bound to be shortage for irrigation. If a request is put forth by the civic body in the days ahead, we will decide on drawing water from Mulshi dam, subject to clearance from the state government,” said Atul Kapole, superintending engineer of Pune irrigation circle.
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“This year, dam levels have dipped to half. The overall rainfall too is deficient. However, the alternate day drinking water supply in the city and some more rains expected in the coming days will likely make drinking water supply situation comfortable,” said Kapole.
On Thursday, citing severe water shortage due to poor rainfall, NCP leader Ajit Pawar had urged the state government to use water in Mulshi dam to meet for drinking water needs of the population in Pune city. He had said that water in Mulshi dam was being used for power generation by Tata while the priority present should be drinking and agriculture. He had also said that the water should be put to use for both the municipal corporations, PMC and PCMC.