Times of India: The monsoon may have arrived more promptly in Pune this year than it did last year, but this has not benefited the catchment areas at all. So far, the catchment areas of three dams supplying drinking water to the city have witnessed a mere 10 per cent of the rain they normally receive. The catchment area of Khadakwasla dam has had 30 per cent rain.
Pune receives water from Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar dams. The current live stock in all the dams is 1.30 TMC, only enough to last till July 31, say irrigation department officials. However, the situation is better than last year when the water in the dams was a mere 1.12 TMC at this time.
According to statistics provided by the Khadakwasla Irrigation division of the irrigation department, Khadakwasla dam has received 30.83 per cent of its seasonal rainfall of 600 mm. The Varasgaon and Panshet dams have had 10.83 per cent and 10.26 per cent of their seasonal rainfall of 3,000 mm. Temghar usually gets a seasonal rainfall of 4,000 mm but, so far, has only received 9.5 per cent. On Monday, there was no rainfall in the catchment areas of all four dams.
“As per our observation, dams fill to their capacity by mid-August when four or five major spells of rain are witnessed,” said an irrigation official who did not want to be identified. “Around 2,000 mm of rainfall in two months help fill these dams. Later on, water is released as per the additional rainfall received in the catchment areas of the respective dams.”
At present, Temghar dam does not have any live stock of water. Panshet and Varasgaon dams have 0.60 TMC and 0.04 TMC water respectively, whereas Khadakwasla dam has 0.65 TMC water.