July 12, 2016 2:26:14 am
WHILE TILL a week ago, the city witnessed a spat between Mayor Prashant Jagtap and District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat over the release of water from Khadakwasla dam, the situation seems to have cooled down now with the dam reporting a storage capacity of two TMC due to incessant rains.
Authorities will soon have to release the water into the canal and if need be, through the river. However, till the dams are totally filled up, the water cuts will continue, clarified the Mayor on Monday. “The review meeting to withdraw water cuts would be taken up after a month as the dams have to be filled up completely. I urge the citizens to cooperate with the PMC with the alternate day water supply system till the dams are full,” he added.
The total capacity of the four dams Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temhgar was 29 TMC while 11 TMC of water has been stored in the dams so far.
At the moment, the Khadakwasla dam is 85 per cent filled to its total capacity. “The irrigation department has said that it can store only certain percentage of water and therefore, will have to release the water from the dam,” said Jagtap.
Mayor thanks Rain God
Continuing the practice of his predecessors, Mayor Prashant Jagtap on Monday carried out the “Jal pujan” at Khadakwasla dam to thank the Rain God and collection of water in the dam. “I did jal pujan at the Khadakwasla dam, which had almost filled up to its capacity. This has been the tradition and part of our culture, “ he said.
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