Around 18 lakh residents in Pimpri-Chinchwad will have to brace for once-a-day water supply from this week–a move which will be first of its kind since the municipal corporation came into being 30 years ago. The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will take a decision to bring about the water cut at a meeting on Tuesday.
“A meeting of officials and corporators will be held on Tuesday to decide the water cut,” said city engineer Mahavir Kamble. The Rajiv Jadhav administration had already decided last week to effect the water cut, but wanted the corporators to be informed before they approved the move.
The PCMC has been forced to take the step as the water level in Pavana dam, which caters to the water needs of the industrial town, has sunk to what officials describe as a historic low. Pavana dam which is located in Maval area, where this time of the season it rains heavily, has had a dry spell like the rest of the country.
“As of June 30, the storage in Pavana dam is 16.6 per cent of its total capacity,” said Kamble. Once the water cuts take effect, water will be available for only two to three hours a day to the entire town, officials said.
PCMC officials said the current storage level is the lowest Pavana has reached in its history. “On June 20, last year, Pavana dam had around 39 per cent storage. This year, it had around 19 per cent storage,” said Kamble.
Civic officials and former corporators said if the dam has sunk to a historic low, another historic event will be created if PCMC starts supplying water once a day. “I don’t recall, in the last 20-25 years, that a situation such as this has emerged due to lack of monsoon urging the PCMC to supply water once a day ,” said former PCMC corporator Eknath Mote.
Over 20 years ago, entire Pimpri-Chinchwad used to get round the clock water.
However, over the years, as population increased, new areas came up and buildings expanded horizontally and rose vertically, and water shortages began to be felt. From 24 hours, the supply reduced to ten hours, then eight hours and finally six hours. On an experimental basis, PCMC has implemented a round the clock water supply scheme in Yamunanagar area. “This will stop.Yamunanagar will also get 2-3 hours supply once the cut takes effect,” said officials.