Pune : No decision in water cut until PMC submits reports, directs Pune’s Guardian Minister

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Pune: Pune district Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil has announced that water cut in the city will not be started until the Pune Municipal Corporation submits measures to overcome technical difficulties in the next eight days. This comes in view of this year’s forecasted rains, which make water conservation in the dam crucial.

The committee meetings for projects in the district was held in Pune and MP Vandana Chavan, former state minister MLA Dattatray Bharne, MLA Madhuri Misal, Rahul Kul, Bhimrao Tapkir, Ashok Pawar, Sanjay Jagtap, Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Collector Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh, Krishna Khore Development Corporation Executive Director Atul Kapole, Chief Engineer Hanumant Gunale, and Superintending Engineer Sunanda Jagtap were present.

Guardian Minister Patil discussed the possibility of a water shortage due to the forecast of the Meteorological Department and emphasized the need for sufficient water supply for agriculture. Planning is underway to bring fodder from nearby states, and measures are being taken at the government level.

Water has been planned for Pune city until July 15, and if water is cut for one day in a week, the same water can be supplied until August. However, some areas face water supply disruptions for a few days after a water cut, according to people’s representatives. The Municipal Corporation will study and present technical measures within the next eight days.

The second diversion of the new Mutha right canal under the Khadakwasla project will begin on May 1st in the four dams of the Khadakwasla project, which currently has 11.61 TMC water storage until April 25th. 4.53 TMC of water has been reserved for Pune Municipal Corporation until July 15th. The meeting discussed the lining of the Old Mutha Right Canal, the tunnel for the new Mutha Right Canal from Khadakwasla project to Loni Kalbhor, the Janai Shirsai Upsa Irrigation Scheme, and the strengthening of the Purandar Irrigation Scheme.

Mrunal Jadhav