The collective stock in four dams in the Khadakwasla circle on Saturday was 5.61 TMC (19.2%). As per estimates, about one TMC water will flow out from the dams in the next one week, which will bring down the collective storage to around 4.5 TMC. The city lifts around 1.5 TMC water from Khadakwasla dam every month. Hence, 4.5 TMC water stock is likely to meet the city’s water requirements for at least two months, if not more, said an official.
An irrigation department official said that the four dams collectively hold 0.90 TMC more water this year as compared to last year’s stock of 4.7 TMC, but considering the probability of weak rainfall in the initial phase of monsoon, there is a plan to stop water release for crops around June 15 to meet drinking water requirements.
Water release for crops has been underway for the last one-and-a-half months. Vijay Patil, executive engineer, Khadakwasla irrigation circle, said, “We are filling ponds in rural areas. The flow of water from the Khadakwasla dam into the canal will continue for about a week as the annual Palkhi procession will travel through rural areas this week. We are monitoring the water levels in all the four dams”.
Another official said, “The four dams in the Khadakwasla circle receive maximum rain in July and August, which help in raising the water level to near-full capacy. We are expecting a similar pattern of rainfall this year though the IMD has forecast less rain in June.”
The four dams can collectively hold 29.15 TMC water stock. Storages in all the four dams had reached full capacity last monsoon.
PMC saves 0.25 TMC water in a month
The civic administration has saved 0.25 TMC water during the month-long once-a-week water closure, an official of the PMC’s water supply department said. A civic official said that there was no immediate plan to withdraw the closure. “We will review the water supply situation jointly with the irrigation department in the next few day,” the official said.