In a relief for city residents, Pune’s Guardian Minister Girish Bapat on Wednesday declared that there would be no further water cuts for the city.
Bapat made the promise after reviewing work on a closed water pipeline from Khadakwasla to Parvati, which will be inaugurated on Thursday and made operational by the month-end to carry water from the dam to the Pune city.
It has also been decided to release 0.80 TMC of water to Daund for drinking purposes from the dam through the existing canal.
The minister said once the water was released through the closed pipeline, they would be able to save about 0.10 TMC of water which would have otherwise gone waste due to the leakages in the canal.
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Bapat also reviewed leakages along the canal at 12 spots and said the same would be repaired at the earliest. He also promised action against those using water pumps to draw water illegally from the canal. He said security would be beefed up along the canal and the pipeline with fencing and deployment of State Reserve Police Force and revenue officials.
“In the present situation, water can be released from the closed pipeline by the end of this month and the canal will be undertaken for repairs jointly by the irrigation department and the PMC in the coming month. The irrigation department has earmarked Rs 2 crore for the repair work. Since the work has to be done in a month’s time, the PMC would have to shell out an additional Rs 2 crore to complete it,” he said.
During the review, the guardian minister was accompanied by Pune district collector Saurabh Rao, PMC commissioner Kunal Kumar, Mayor Prashant Jagtap, superintending engineer (irrigation) Atul Kapole and other senior officials.
Mayor Prashant Jagtap said Puneites were already facing water cuts and any further water cuts would be unnecessary.
Pune district collector Saurabh Rao said they would be releasing 0.80 TMC of water to Daund in the coming four days and that necessary measures for the same have been put into place.
“The closed pipeline will plug leakages which will save 0.10 TMC. Further, it is expected that the monsoon should come in before June 30, which would increase the saving. So, water can be released to Daund while for Indapur, provisions have been at water sources at Tarangwadi and the Ujani backwaters,” said the collector.