After days of speculation, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will finally kick off its alternate day water supply plan from Monday.
Officials said there will be days when water will be supplied to certain areas and days when it would be supplied to other. “However, the entire city will not be affected on one particular day,” said officials.
The PMC has already shut down all the swimming pools in the city three days ago. Official said the pools will remain closed until water condition in the dams improve.
The decision on alternate day supply, which was taken at a meeting on Friday, was inevitable with all the four dams supplying water to Pune city filled only up to half their capacity due to scanty rainfall in catchment areas during the monsoon.
In Pimpri-Chinchwad, no decision on water cut has been taken so far as Pavana dam is filled up to 75 per cent of its capacity. However, civic officials said they would take a decision on implementing 10-20 per cent water cut at a meeting on Tuesday.
“The water storage in Pavana dam is not as bad as dams supplying water to Pune city. But since rain has stayed away and water stock unlikely to last full year, we have decided to initiate some cut in water supply. The decision will be taken at a meeting on Tuesday,” said Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Rajeev Jadhav. The civic chief said the decision on closing down swimming pools and stopping supply to construction sites will also be taken on Tuesday.
In the last 15 years, this is the second time when Pavana dam – the lifeline of Pimpri-Chinchwad – has not been filled to its 100 per cent capacity, officials said.
“Every year by August-end or September first week, the dam is usually filled to its capacity. Barring this year and 2005 when the dam was filled to 96 per cent of its capacity, it has always been 100 per cent full,” said a civic official.With PMC setting up squads to initiate action against construction sites using potable drinking water for construction purposes, fear is rife among builders that their problems are likely to compound. The builders in Pune city said they will have to tap other sources to continue their construction activities. Most of them are largely depending on treated sewage water or borewells.
Credai vice-president Satish Magar said the builders will have to make adjustments as they cannot give in to the situation arising due to lack of rain. “Most of the construction sites are using treated water. It will be great if corporation authorities can help builders by making available treated water for construction purposes,” said Magar.
Credai member Lalitkumar Jain said it was difficult phase and one has to come up with alternatives. “We will have to find some alternatives to cope with the situation. Construction activities will have to be slowed down until we come up with solutions,” he added.
V G Kulkarni superintending engineer (water works), PMC, said the civic squads to monitor misuse of water have been formed and they will keep a watch on the entire city.
“Those found using potable drinking water for construction purposes will be initially fined Rs 1,000 and thereafter the supply will be disconnected. Those using water for washing vehicles, gardening and swimming pools will also be fined,’’ he said.
He said there was no provision of supplying treated water to construction sites. Meanwhile, the district administration has also issued prohibitory orders under section 144 for water wastage.
“The orders have been issued by the district collector and action will be initiated under the same,” said district officials.
On Sunday, the irrigation department officials said the total storage in all the four dams has reduced considerably and with no rain in sight water levels are likely to deplete further.“The total storage of all the four dams supplying water to the city is at 14.58 TMC (50.02 per cent) as against last year’s 28.95 TMC (99.30 per cent). There is a huge difference and with no spell of rain expected the situation is grave,” said an official.
Total storage of four dams-14.58 TMC (50.02%)
LAST YEAR — 28.95 TMC (99.30 %)
Khadakwasla — 0.52 TMC
(26.83 per cent)
Panshet— 6.47 TMC (60.74 %)
Varasgaon — 5.98 TMC
Temghar —1.60 TMC
Pavana — 6.39 TMC (75.17 %)