With Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar setting a deadline of July 7 for declaring an alternate day water supply and conduct another meeting,the Met department on Monday sounded a note of hope,saying that conditions are bound to improve in two days.
On Sunday evening,the city and Pimpri-Chinchwad received showers that went on till late night. However,Monday remained dry. Civic officials will review the water availability for the city in a day or two. Poor rainfall this monsoon has resulted in further depletion of water stored in dams. The PMC had earlier claimed that it had sufficient water to meet the demand till July 15.
Met department officials said there was a good possibility of rain over the next two days. Director (weather central) IMD Pune,Sunita Devi told Newsline that conditions were favourable for the monsoon to advance into the rest of Maharashtra in the next 48 hours. The city will see rains and other parts of the state will be covered, she said.
The reason for the advancement are cyclonic circulations over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. These systems are improving the movement of the monsoon current, she said.
Meanwhile,Met officials said El Nino effect would be felt only in August.
Irrigation officials said the four dams that supply water to the city had only 1.14 TMC left. It is a matter of concern as there have been very sparse rains in the catchment areas, said S Bolbhat from the Khadakwasla irrigation department. At the end of June,the dams had only four per cent water of their total capacity. Last year,it was 15 per cent.
WATER cut ON THURSDAY
The city will have to face a water cut on Thursday with the PMC carrying out repair and maintenance work at the pumping station. Civic officials said there would be no water supply in the entire city on Thursday. The supply would be restored on Friday.