June 11, 2009 3:52:01 am
After a promising beginning with early onset over Kerala coast,it seems the monsoon has almost disappeared from Pune and parts of Maharashtra. The Indian Metereological Department (IMD) has said that this is likely to continue for the next two to three days as well.
“The currents are not strong for the next two to three days for monsoon activity to pick up,” said P C S Rao,director,weather forecasting,IMD. “The Aila cyclone pulled currents to the other side because of which the monsoon activities have reduced. Since then it has not picked up,” Rao said.
This has however given the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation more time to augment the measures to be taken to prevent landslides along the Pune-Mumbai expressway.
“Loose boulders have been removed and the catchment water drains are cleared at the top of the hills along the route. We have also laid extensive still wire rope nets over 44,000 sq meters,” said an MSRDC official.
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But according to Vijay Ghogare,executive engineer,Khadakwasla Irrigation system,the delay in onset will not cause a blip in water levels in dam.
In Mumbai,a 10 per cent cut in drinking water has been announced but in Pune no such move is in the offing. “We have sufficient water till July 15. Any decision on water-cuts will be taken only in July,” he said. However,the water supply for irrigation purpose was stopped from June 9.
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