Pune, 12th July 2022: The Maharashtra state government has not yet approved the increased water quota as per the demand of Pune city. However, the irrigation system is being extended by the Irrigation Department.
Therefore, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will have to pay Rs 200 crore instead of Rs 80 crore per annum for this water supply. In short, this increase of Rs 120 crore will be recovered from the taxes of Pune residents.
Water is supplied to the city from Khadakwasla, Temghar, Panshet, Varasgaon, and Bhama Askhed dams. The Irrigation Department has sanctioned 11.50 TMC water for the Pune city as per the agreement made with PMC. For this, PMC has to pay Rs 75 to 80 crore to the Irrigation Department every year. The Department of Irrigation has now introduced new rates and the implementation for the same has started on July 1, 2022.
In the past, PMC used to charge 30 paise per thousand litres for domestic drinking water directly from the dam and 55 paise per thousand litres for canal water. Now, 55 paise per thousand litres for waterways and Rs one per thousand litres if taken from canals. Now, the new reported rate will be Rs ten.
Processing industries that draw water directly from the dam for industrial use will have to pay Rs 11 per 1,000 litres instead of Rs 4.80. Raw material industries will have to pay Rs 165 per thousand litres instead of Rs 120. Processing industries pumping water from the canal will be charged Rs 22 per one thousand litres instead of Rs 9.60 and raw material industries will be charged Rs 330 per one thousand litres instead of Rs 240.
“11.50 TMC water quota has been sanctioned for Pune city. For this, MC is paying around Rs 80 crore every year to the Irrigation Department. But now rates have doubled. Also, with a big increase in some other charges, the cost is likely to be at least Rs 200 crore a year,” informed Aniruddha Pawaskar, Head, Water Supply Department, PMC.