Pune: Till Friday, since there has not been enough rain in the catchment of the dams that provide water to the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has taken a decision of supplying water on alternate days to the areas falling under municipal limit, starting from Monday.
The four dams — Khadakwasala, Warasgaon, Panshet and Temghar — have a total of 1.15 TMC water and the PMC is planning to utilise this till end of July, and therefore, the civic administration has decided to cut down water supply even further.
Speaking to the media after a meeting between PMC and the irrigation department officials, Pune's Mayor Chanchala Kodre said, "Since there has not been enough rain in the catchment of the dams, the civic administration is planning to utilise the available water till August 1."
Puneites have no option but to wait for good rains to get back regular water supply. Kodre stated that if catchment receive good amount of rain till August 1, the civic administration will withdraw the imposed water cuts.
Officials of PMC's water department stated that if some areas do not get water supply due to technical issues, then the civic administration will provide water in those areas with the help of 70 tankers. Apart from that, the civic administration has also decided to stop supply of water for construction of buildings. In case any contractor is found using drinking water for construction purpose, the civic body will be issuing stop-work order to him.
Water department officials have also stated that the mosques in the city will be supplied with water through tankers as Ramzaan is going on.
PMC's water department officials said that they have taken action against illegal connections and excess use of water. At least 113 cases of illegal water connections, 52 cases of usage of submersible motors have been detected. Apart from that the department repaired 114 taps which were leaking.