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Irrigation officials say that current level of water will last till July

Irrigation officials say that current level of water will last till July.

The recent Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) order to issue 2.9 TMC water from Bhama Askhed and Chaskaman dams to Ujani reservoir will not affect the water storage for the district, say state irrigation officials, assuring that they will not be issuing orders of water cut ahead of the summers.

The irrigation officials say that even as the water storage has dipped to 12 TMC, there should be sufficient drinking water to last till July. “The dry summer, however severe, should not affect the drinking water supply for the city,’’ said Bapat on Sunday.

“We have a very grim water situation in the district. When the earlier order had mentioned 10 TMC water was to be released from the dams, the Pune district authorities had challenged the order. The present order is to issue 2.9 TMC and this should not affect the water levels much. We will be implementing the order soon after a meeting,’’ Bapat said.

He said that with the water being dedicated for drinking purposes only and the alternate day water supply plan being implemented, there would be no problems. Also, there will be no meeting called for further planning as the irrigation officials are comfortable with the present scenario.
Bapat added that the fresh orders to issue 2.9 TMC water from Bhama Askhed and Chaskaman dams to Ujani water reservoir in Solapur was fair considering equitable water distribution.

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Senior officials from the irrigation department say the fresh orders has given respite to the administration.

The earlier order had demanded the release of 4 TMC water from Bhama Askhed, 3 TMC from Chaskaman, 2 TMC from Andra dam and 1 TMC from Ujani dam. The final order states that two dams Bhama Askhed and Chaskaman are to release 2.2 TMC and 0.7 TMC water.

“The order adds that if any reservoir on the upstream side is facing a water crunch, water should not be released from it. This is a big respite and we would plan accordingly and release water within a week,’’ said an irrigation official.

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With the order saying that Mulshi dam water can also be used under the Collector’s orders, irrigation officials say that they are not planning for the same as there is enough stock from Khadakwasla for the city to meet drinking requirements.

The order had earlier stated that the Mulshi water storage being below sill level should only be utilised for drinking purposes under the collector’s directions and the PMC should ensure the laying of a pipeline between Khadakwasla to Parvati by March 2016 to cut down conveyance losses.

Meanwhile, the four dams, Khadakwasla, Temghar, Panshet and Varasgaon, which supply water to the Pune district together have 12 TMC water.

First published on: 11-01-2016 at 12:54:31 am
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