The fast-depleting water level in dams owing to a long dry spell has finally forced the Irrigation Department to cut water supply to the city. Water Resources Minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday said citizens would be supplied water only on alternate days from Monday. He also advised citizens to make judicious use of water.
The water supply department of the Pune Municipal Corporation has placed a proposal to this effect before the municipal commissioner. The Irrigation Department had,on Thursday,urged the civic body to curtail the supply of water to the city as the available stock in dams was enough only for the next three weeks.
Addressing the silver jubilee function of Poona Hospital at Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium on Sunday,Pawar said,Citizens of Pune get a lot of water to use and they should use it judiciously. The availability of water in dams last year was better than this year. The situation is alarming as the stock in various dams in the district had come down significantly following the dry weather conditions. Now,Khadakwasla has got 18 per cent water stock,Panshet six per cent and Warasgaon only one per cent,while Temghar has got no water that can be supplied. And therefore,alternate day water supply could come into effect from tomorrow itself.
Last year,scanty rainfall during monsoon had forced the civic body to implement 20 per cent water cut from June 21,which was raised by another ten per cent from July.