At 5 TMC, current stock in dams highest in 4 yrs

Enough To Last Till July, Say Officials
The stock in four dams that supply water to the city and its rural parts has dropped below 5 TMC before the monsoon this year, but it is still the best in the last four years, irrigation officials said on Sunday .The collective water storage in Temghar, Panshet, Varasgaon and Khadakwasla was recorded at 4.81 TMC, which was 16% of the total 29 TMC.

Last year, in the same period, these dams had a mere 2.91 TMC water. In 2015 and 2014 the stock was recorded at 4.5 TMC and 3.21TMC.

The irrigation department’s statistics state that since 2014, the collective stock has never remained above 20% around the last week of May .

In fact, last year, the water levels were the lowest in four years and had dropped alarmingly to 9%. This year, the si tuation appears much better as the collective water stock has been around 16% ahead of the monsoon.

Better stocks in the dams has prompted the irrigation department and civic administration not to impose water cuts for the city.

Guardian minister Girish Bapat had said there was no need to initiate a water cut as dams had enough water stock to meet the city’s requirement till July 15 while the irrigation department came out with calculations to set aside the water stock till mid-July after relea sing water for summer crops.

An official from the department said, “This year’s sufficient storage led to release of water during summer.The ongoing release will be stopped next week after which the entire stock in the dams will be stored for drinking needs. At present, only Panshet and Khadakwasla have live water storage. The stock in Temghar and Varasgaon has already hit zero per cent,“ the official said.

Sources said water levels in June and July will be better.This anticipation is based on the preliminary reports about the timely arrival of rain and a no-deficit monsoon. Dams could receive at least 2 TMC water if the monsoon remains vigorous in the initial phase.

Meanwhile, the department will decide about further action on water supply if the catchment areas receive deficient rain in June and July .

Less rain could prompt authorities to initiate water cuts.

The onus is also on the civic administration and citizens to avoid misuse and wastage of water, the source said.

Source : TOI