The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the irrigation department have again locked horns over water allocation for the city,with the Khadakwasla canal committee meeting seeing a heated debate. The committee met Monday to reserve water till July 31,2014.
Currently,all four dams Khadakwasla,Panshet,Temghar and Varasgaon are almost full as against last year.
With the city receiving good rain this year,the PMC had demanded 11.5 TMC water but the irrigation department said it would offer only 9.6 TMC for nine months as per the standard procedure. The irrigation department has allocated 11.5 TMC for the next 12 months. With the present allocation,we will have to impose a 30-40 per cent water cut in the near future, said a senior PMC official.
The meeting,which went on for more than hour,was chaired by Deputy Chief Minister and Pune guardian minister Ajit Pawar. PMC Commissioner Mahesh Pathak said they demanded that half of the storage of dams be allocated for the city.
The Khadakwasla canal committee readies the storage for the next nine months. Last year,the PMC was allocated 11.5 TMC and got 1.25 TMC for a month.
9.6 TMC would be less than last years allocation despite the dams being full this time,said Pathak. However,he said the decision is not final and they would follow up the discussions on the final figure in their next meeting and even decide to complete the repair works.
However,the irrigation department said it will allocate 11.5 TMC for the next nine months provided the PMC completes the recycling project as well as the closed pipeline project from Khadakwasla to Parvati by March 2014. We have agreed to give them the same amount of water as last year provided they follow the conditions laid down by us, said Pune irrigation official Avinash Surve. PMC officials,however,said it is impossible to complete the projects by March 2014. The projects will be completed by December-end, said an official.
Eyebrows were also raised on the 13.43 TMC allocated for irrigation. We never get what we demand, said a senior PMC official.
The total quota for the city is 29.15 TMC,of which 2 TMC is allocated for industries and 2 TMC on water losses and evaporation,making it only 24 TMC for utilisation. Last year,the Khadakwasla canal committee decided to reserve enough water in the dams to meet the citys requirements till July 31,2013.
* Khadakwasla canal committee meeting on Monday,which was chaired by Deputy CM and Pune guardian minister Ajit Pawar,saw a heated debate
* The irrigation dept said it will allocate 11.5 TMC for the next nine months provided the PMC completes the recycling and closed pipeline projects from Khadakwasla to Parvati by March 2014
* PMC officials said it is impossible to complete the projects by then
* With the present allocation,the civic body is considering a 30-40 per cent water cut in the coming months