Pimpri-Chinchwad Residents Suffer From Water Scarcity Issues, Allege Reduced Supply From Andhra Dam 

Pimpri-Chinchwad Residents Suffer From Water Scarcity Issues, Allege Reduced Supply From Andhra Dam

State Audit Raises Concerns Over Pune Municipal Corporation's 24x7 Water Supply Project

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The city of Pimpri-Chinchwad is currently facing a water shortage crisis, as it has been receiving less than 30 million litres per day (MLD) for the past month. Despite having a reserve quota of 100 MLD from the Andhra Dam, the city has been struggling to meet the water needs of its residents, particularly in areas such as Charholi, Moshi, Dudulgaon, Bhosari, Dighi and others. As a result, there has been a surge in water complaints from the affected residents.

For the past four and a half years, the city has been receiving a water supply every other day. The water is sourced from various places, including 510 MLD from Pavana Dam in Maval, 75 MLD from Andhra Dam, and 20 MLD from MIDC. However, the recent drop in water supply from Andhra Dam, specifically from 40 to 45 MLD to less than 30 MLD, has resulted in a 30 MLD deficit, causing complaints of insufficient and low-pressure water supply.

The Municipal Corporation has taken action by contacting officials from the Water Resources Department, but there has been no improvement. 

Residents are facing the consequences as their water needs are not being met. The Water Resources Department claims that water is being released according to the fixed quota, but concerns have been raised about potential excess water being released into the Indrayani River.

To alleviate the situation, the Municipal Corporation started taking 30 MLD water from MIDC instead of the previous 35 MLD due to the shortage from Andhra Dam.

Chief Engineer of the Water Supply Department, Shrikant Sawane, mentioned that there is a reserve of 100 MLD water for the city from Andhra Dam, but the recent lack of water in the Indrayani River has prompted further discussions with Water Resources Department officials.

A meeting is scheduled with the Commissioner to find a resolution to the ongoing water shortage issue and ensure the residents have access to an adequate water supply. 

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