Pune, 29 July : In response to the substantial rainfall received in the Khadakwasla project area and the satisfactory water storage in the reservoir, the State Minister for Higher and Technical Education and District Guardian Minister, Chandrakant Patil, has issued a directive to lift the weekly water cut for the city of Pune starting next Monday.
During a review meeting held at the Government Rest House, Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Collector Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh, Superintendent Engineer of Water Resources Department Prasanna Joshi, Executive Engineer Shweta Kurhade, and Chief Engineer of Water Supply Department of Municipal Corporation Anirudh Pavaskar were present.
The current water storage in the Khadakwasla project stands at 21.62 tmc (thousand million cubic feet), which is slightly higher than the 21.42 tmc recorded during the same period last year. It was revealed during the meeting that approximately 30 TMC of water is required for both drinking water and agricultural needs annually.
Minister Patil emphasized the importance of providing water for agricultural purposes and ensuring that ponds dependent on dam water are adequately filled. He also instructed authorities to conduct regular reviews, taking into account the amount of rainfall expected in the upcoming period.
This decision to lift the water cut comes as a relief to the residents of Pune, who have been grappling with water scarcity due to deficient rainfall in previous months. With the reservoir’s water levels showing improvement, the Minister’s directive offers hope for a more sustainable water supply for both urban and rural areas dependent on the Khadakwasla project.