Days ahead of the canal committee meeting, the irrigation department Tuesday stopped the release of water for irrigation purposes.
“We were releasing water for irrigation purposes till early morning Tuesday but later stopped it on the instructions of our superiors,’’ said an irrigation official.
District collector Saurabh Rao expressed concerns over the depleting water levels and said it was not possible to release water for irrigation and industrial purposes.
The Met department had predicted rains between September 3—5 and the canal committee had decided to take a call on water cut in the second week of September, he said.
He said Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat wanted to go easy on water cut ahead of Ganesh festival. However, there are likely to be some curbs and a decision on it will be taken at the meeting, he said.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, the dams were 50.28 per cent full as against last year’s 91.72 per cent.
The total storage of all the four dams — Khadakwasla, Varasgaon, Temghar and Panshet — was 14.66 TMC as against last year’s 24.74 TMC.