EVEN AS the district administration and irrigation officials are maintaining that the water will last for another month, Pune Mayor Prashant Jagtap is all set to visit both the dams —Khadakwasla and Panshet — to assess the water situation on Tuesday and then call for a meeting to decide the future course of action.
A water cut could be expected in the coming days with deficient rainfall activity for the month of June. Presently, the water is supplied to the city on alternate days and there could be a further cut after the mayor’s Tuesday visit.
“The water situation is very grim for Pune. Though the irrigation officials are maintaining that water will last for another month, with no rains, the situation is expected to worsen. I have decided to take stock of the situation and call for a meeting,’’ said the mayor.
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Presently, the four dams supplying water to Pune city—Khadakwasla, Panshet, Temghar and Varasgaon—have a storage of 1.56 TMC (5.50 per cent), which is the lowest as compared to 7.05 TMC (24.17 per cent) that was recorded last year.
The mayor said that there should have been adequate care taken earlier itself when water was released for Indapur and Daund. “We had protested against the release. This situation would not have arisen had they heard us,’’he said.
Jagtap said that there is water available only for 28 days and a decision should be taken on water cuts.
“After Tuesday’s assessment, we will decide. Puneites will have to brace for another water cut if need be,’’said the mayor. Irrigation officials, however, maintained that they have not suggested for any further water cuts while PMC water department head VG Kulkarni said that the decision would be taken after the mayor’s visit to the dams.