Updated: July 18, 2016 11:32:32 am
A day after Pune Mayor Prashant Jagtap announced that the existing water cut would be lifted, Guardian Minister Girish Bapat on Sunday instructed the district collector and the irrigation department to maintain the cut.
“Water is government’s property and we are the ruling government. Nobody can issue such directions without going through the proper channel,” said Bapat.
Mayor Prashant Jagtap however reiterated his stand on withdrawing the alternate day water supply by saying that with dams 50 per cent full, Pune city should get continuous water supply. A special General Body meeting will be called Monday to address the issue, he said. He said when the Congress- NCP government was in power, they were forced to withdraw the water cut when there was 10 TMC in dams. Today, it is 15 and people should get water, the mayor told The Indian Express.
With the monsoon just picking up, Bapat however was firm that Pune needs to continue with the existing water cut so that there is no shortfall at the end of the season.
“I have assured that there will be no more water cuts, but until there is enough water, we cannot take such a step. There is no point in withdrawing the existing water cut and face problems after six months. Presently, the existing monsoon has just picked up. We will eventually have a canal committee meeting where further course of action will be decided,” said Bapat.
He said the decision of water cut is decided in the meeting according to the government resolution (GR). All the water resources come under the district collector and a decision can be taken only after discussions.
“This is a very immature way of announcement and it will only create confusion in people’s mind,” he added. Meanwhile, the district administration and irrigation officials said they would continue the cut until further instructions.
The first week of July saw good rain in the state and at least 9,000 cusecs were released.
Currently, 1,000 cusecs have been released through the canal.
Administration officials are keen that all the dams should have good storage before any decision is taken. The irrigation officials are in no hurry to convene any meeting as of now and would want the monsoon months to pass before taking any further decision.
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