Have asked the PMC to shut it down,no response so far: Irrigation official
To repair the Mutha canal that has been leaking in Pune Cantonment for the past five years,it needs to be shut down for at least three days.
Bharat Thorat,sub-divisional engineer,Khadakwasla Irrigation Division,told The Indian Express that the canal needs to be completely closed down for three days to permanently stop the leakage. According to cantonment board officials,the leakage has been going on for almost five years. The Indian Express had reported how,in the time of a severe drought,a huge volume of water has been seeping out of the Mutha canal at places where the wall has been damaged,resulting in wastage of the commodity which is now in short supply.
Besides,perennial waterlogging and associated ills have been creating unhealthy living conditions for the residents of Pune Camp. Thorat said the canal carries almost 400 million litre water per day (MLD),of which,the Cantonment draws almost 150 MLD for Lashkar Water Station. Closure of the canal,though temporary,might inconvenience residents of Mohammed Wadi,Hadapsar and other areas which this water station caters to.
Thorat said the irrigation department has been asking the Pune Municipal Corporation to close the canal for repairs,but was not done. The canal is leaking at two to three points even in areas upstream of Parvati Water Station. On Sunday,K V Shirodkar,cantonment chief engineer had told this paper that inner linings of the canal are damaged. Water flows to the adjacent lane when the level rises above damaged part.
We have been writing to the irrigation department. It is their job to repair the canal. Our requests have never been responded to. This is not the only part of the canal where seepage takes place. Even the area behind Solapur Bazar faces a similar problem. The seepage will stop if the irrigation department solves it permanently. Temporary solutions will not suffice, Shirodkar had said.
Thorat said if the the irrigation department has to repair it,the PMC has to close the canal first. Arti Mahajan,VP,PCB,said,The leakage has been resulting in loss of drinking water in the days of drought and the problem needs to be addressed.