Pune: Mayor declares no water cuts till September one; Khadakwasla dam almost full

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Shikha Chaurasia

Pune, 5th August 2020: Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said on Tuesday that water cuts will not happen till the end of Ganesh Utsav in the city till September 1.


He said, “Due to the scarcity of rainfall, the four major dams upstream of Mula-Mutha River have recorded storage of only 9 TMC which amounts to only 35 per cent of their total capacity while last year it was almost 90 per cent. We know that there is a scarcity of water but have decided not to make water cuts till the end of Ganeshotsav till September 1.”


He also said that if the rainfall doesn’t fill these reservoirs then water cuts will be inevitable. A review on water management will be taken at the end of the Ganesh festival as 6 TMC water is available in the reservoirs for drinking water supply. The remaining water is left for industrial and irrigation needs.


The Mayor also said that the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed the Pune Municipal Corporation that the region will receive a good amount of rainfall after August 15. It said that the city may receive 104 per cent rainfall.


Khadakwasla dam water level may reach 100% by tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon with the consistent rains. Release of water from spillway may start from Thursday afternoon.