Pune, 26th March 2022: With proper planning of water in Khadakwasla Dam, another summer cycle should be released along with the current cycle of the new Mutha right canal, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said today. He directed the administration to ensure that no one will be deprived of water in Pune city by proper management of water.
A meeting in this regard was held at the Government Rest House under the chairmanship of Pawar. On this occasion Minister of State Dattatraya Bharane, MP Girish Bapat, MLA Ashok Pawar, Bhimrao Tapkir, Chetan Tupe, Samadhan Avtade, Sunil Shelke, Ram Satpute, Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Collector Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh, Chief Engineer, Water Resources Department, V. Gunale, Superintendent Engineer Sanjeev Chopde etc. were present.
It was informed at the meeting that the Khadakwasla project has 2.5 TMC less water than last year. Pawar instructed the water resources and municipal administration to make proper arrangements for water conservation. Strict action should be taken in case of leakage or leakage of water on canals in urban as well as rural areas, but management should be done so that water is available to all equally. Pune Municipal Corporation should pay attention to completing the work of the water scheme as soon as possible.
Pawar further said that out of the water allotted for the Pune city of Bhama Askhed project, about 75 MLD water is not pumped daily. Pipelines, pumping stations, etc. should be completed at full speed to lift them to their full capacity, so as to reduce the stress on the Khadakwasla project. The corporation should pay special attention to install 100 percent water meters, break illegal plumbing and take strict action against it. In order to resolve the grievances regarding water problems in South and East Pune areas, work should be undertaken on a war footing and the ongoing work should be completed expeditiously and with good quality.
He also instructed to keep additional pumps in the newly incorporated gram panchayats in the city as per the demand of MLA Tapkir.
MLA Chetan Tupe suggested the option of drawing water from Bhama Askhed project through Kharadi to Sade Satara Nali (Hadapsar) pipeline. He instructed the PMC to check the feasibility and technical issues and take positive action.
Currently, the demand for electricity in the state has increased tremendously and has recently reached 24,000 MW. The demand is likely to continue in the future and efforts are being made by NTPC to procure additional power from the national grid. However, proper management of water should be done in future also keeping in view the problem of electricity, Pawar added.