Pune: To deal with water shortage in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has announced water cuts for Pune. Starting Saturday, Pune will be getting water supply only once a day.
The city will face 12 per cent water cut from Saturday as the level of water in the four dams which provides water to the city is pretty low. Moreover, there has been no rainfall in the catchment near the dams.
The announcement was made by Pune mayor Chanchala Kodre on Thursday. She said, "The city gets 1,250 MLD water, but since there is a water shortage, we will be getting only 1,100 MLD water from the irrigation department from Saturday. Considering the acute shortage of water and with no rain, we have decided to supply water only once a day instead of twice a day for the city."
On Wednesday, the civic administration had held a meeting with irrigation department officials to take a review of the water situation in Khadakwasala, Temghar, Warasgaon and Panshet dams. The announcement of water cut was
made after party leaders in PMC held a meeting on Thursday.
Kodre said, "At present, 1.93 TMC water is available for the city compared to 5 TMC water that was there around this time last year. Since there is no rain, there will be 12 per cent water cut in the city. Considering the present water level and the imposed cut, the available water will fulfill the need of the city till August 15."
Pune city is divided in 76 wards. Out of these, 34 wards get water twice a day.
But now, all these wards will also be getting water only once a day from Saturday. The areas which get water from Parvati, Warje, Wadgaon pumping stations will face 20 per cent water cut.
The PMC administration is keeping a close eye on the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for their forecast regarding rain. "IMD experts have predicted that there is a possibility of good rains from second week of July and till that time we will be taking a review of the water situation," Kodre said.
The administration has claimed that it will be taking help of women self-help groups and school students to create awareness about water conservation. The civic administration has also made it clear that they will be keeping an eye on the private contractors who supply water to various areas by tankers.