EXPECTING MORE generosity from city residents, the district administration has stood firm that the urban dwellers will have to be prepared for further water cuts and shell out their water share to the parched areas of Daund.
Ahead of its meeting with Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, who is expected to review the position of water in the canal and the Khadakwasla dam on Wednesday, the district administration has stated that the city in 10 weeks has to save up 0.5 TMC of water for distribution to the drought-hit villages of Pune district.
While the earlier demand was 1.65 TMC for both Indapur and Daund, the district administration decided to provide at least 0.5 TMC to Daund during the peak summer months of May and June.
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Citing that the Pune Municipal Corporation had committed to provide water to these villages, the administration officials said that it is possible to give this amount of water if the residents cooperate and decide to take further water cuts.
The meeting, under the Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, is scheduled for Wednesday after he reviews the status of water in Khadakwasla dam and the canal water.
Presently, the four dams supplying water to the city has a capacity of 5.50 TMC. According to the irrigation department, the planning of water distribution is done till July 15. “Till July 15, the PMC will require 3.80 TMC, evaporation losses will be around 0.9 TMC, supply to institutions such as National Defence Academy and Central Water and Power Research Station will be 0.27 TMC and there will be nearly 0.30 TMC required just to keep the pipeline pressure. In this scenario, there will be about 0.42 TMC that would remain and the administration is demanding about 0.5 TMC,’’ stated irrigation officials.
Meanwhile, PMC officials state that the civic body has already been implementing water cuts from February itself and further cuts may not go well with the residents. The civic body maintains that water to these areas should be supplied through tankers. Pune district, presently, has 99 tankers in operation and if the decision to give water through tankers is decided, then the numbers would scale up immensely. However, with a huge population to cater to, whether only tanker water will suffice is a question that is being posed to the civic administration by the district authorities.