With good rainfall in catchment areas,the irrigation department on Wednesday released water into the river for the first time this monsoon. With Khadakwasla dam filled to capacity,and the area continuing to receive rainfall it was decided to release water into the river. Earlier,following a government directive owing to water scarcity,Khadakwasla waters were released only into the canal.
Executive engineer Khadakwasla division SN Bolbhat said the decision was taken after good rainfall and the dam was 100 per cent full. We started releasing the water at 6 am and the process was stopped at 4 pm. Only if the area registers good rainfall will water be released into the river, said Bolbhat. On Wednesday,the four dams,Panshet,Temghar,Varasgaon and Khadakwasla registered 61.45 per cent water with 17.91 TMC against last years 23.43 80.36 per cent.
Bolbhat said he had given no directions to PMC about the water cut in the city. PMC officials maintained that the existing water cut in the city will continue,which has brought activists into the picture. They are opposing the release of water into the river when the city was facing water shortage.
On Wednesday,water was released from 6- 8 am at 1,712 cusecs (cubic feet per second),which went up to 5,043 cusecs 9 am onwards. It was increased from 10 am to 1 pm to 7,419 cusecs and the flow was reduced towards afternoon at 5,043 cusecs. The last phase saw water getting released at 856 cusecs.
The city registered only 1.8 mm rainfall,while Temghar area registered 30 mm with the dam level reaching 1.85 TMC (49.78%) storage while Panshet that received 19 mm rainfall reached 6.75 TMC (63.26%). Rainfall at Varasgaon was 17 mm and the dam was 57.38% full at 7.35 TMC. Khadakwasla registered 8 mm rainfall and the dam was full.