Putting the onus on citizens,the Pune Municipal Corporation on Wednesday urged them to start saving water or face day-long cuts,whose impact could last three days.
The water crisis is serious and immediate steps need to be taken to avert a cut as it would affect the system badly. Citizens should minimise wastage and save water, said mayor Vaishali Bankar after the emergency meeting with officers of PMC,irrigation department and office-bearers of the civic body.
Everyone should contribute to ease the situation, she said,adding,that the saving of water is the only immediate solution for the problem.
Municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak said the PMC lifts 1,250 MLD water every day which has been reduced to 1,100 MLD to ensure that there is no water shortage in the next few months.
The irrigation department has clarified that the PMC should draw only 900 MLD every day if it wants the water quota till the onset of monsoon. The PMC has undertaken immediate steps to save water and check leakages but public cooperation is needed, he said.
Pathak said the PMC needs to bring down water usage to 900 MLD. We would monitor the situation till Tuesday and if water consumption is not brought down to 900 MLD,we will decide whether day-long water cuts every Thursday from April 12 are required or not, he added.
Newly elected Rajya Sabha MP and city NCP chief Vandana Chavan said a cut for a day will have an impact on the water system for three days,which would lead to chaos.
On an experimental basis,she said,the civic administration has been asked to ensure that water being supplied is not used in construction and theres no wastage from community taps in slums and overflow from tanks in housing societies.
It is the responsibility of every citizen to save water. They should ensure there is no undue wastage, Chavan said. Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar would hold a meeting of officers to discuss the issue on April 7,she added.
Avinash Surve,superintendent engineer of irrigation depatment,said given the crisis,there is no alternative but to restrict the use of water. As per the national standards,he said the PMC should draw only 700 MLD to meet the demand here. The irrigation department has provided 12.58 TMC of water to the civic body so far this year and would supply 2.75 TMC more in the next few months.
Surve said the crisis is the result of dams not being filled to capacity by October 15. Even for irrigation,there will be water cut from the available quota of 4 TMC, he added.