Like Pune city, Pimpri-Chinchwad too is facing severe water shortage but it is being referred to as the worst in the history of the twin industrial city. The water level of Pavana Dam, which supplies drinking water to Pimpri-Chinchwad, is down by 19 per cent as against 35 per cent storage in the corresponding period last year.
Like Pune city, Pimpri-Chinchwad is getting alternate day water supply, which is again for the first time since Pavana Dam was set up, over 40 years back. While civic officials say they are supplying drinking water for two-three hours, residents say they hardly get water for one hour. “In Nigdi, Pradhikaran, Chinchwad, Vallabhnagar, Nehrunagar area, residents get at least three hours of water while in fringe areas like Dapodi, Sangvi or Dighi, water is available for less than two hours and that too at low pressure,” said civic activist Shridhar Chalkha.
There is also confusion among residents regarding timings of the water supply. In some areas, water is available in the morning while in other areas, the supply is in the evening. “When they are supplying water every alternate day, then why can’t they supply water at one particular timing?” asked Rohidas Rithe, a resident of Bhopkhel. Civic officials, however, said the morning and evening supply timings are an effort to ensure equitable distribution of water.
Residential societies across the city have been badly affected. Residents complain that they hardly get 15 to 30 minutes drinking water supply. Most of them depend either on borewell dug in the compounds of the society or call private tankers. “Residential societies are affected badly as they have to share water with 50-60 flat holders who are desperate to grab every drop of water coming their way,” said DG Baliga, a resident of Pimpri.
The PCMC has said it is reaching out to residents in areas where they are not getting water. “Wherever water is not reaching the residents, PCMC is providing water through tankers free of cost,” said Sanjay Ladkat, who heads the civic water department. Ladkat said the current storage of Pavana Dam will help them supply water till July end.
“The dam has 19 per cent storage. With current alternate day plan, the quantity available now will help us supply water till July end,” he said. By mid-June when the monsoon is expected to arrive, PCMC said it will hold a review meeting and decide either to retain alternate water supply or restore the old supply system.
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