Pan­vel to face more wa­ter cuts

Ma­ha­rash­tra Jee­van Prad­hikaran, main source of wa­ter for re­gion, will re­duce sup­ply

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PAN­VEL: The se­vere wa­ter cri­sis be­cause of poor rain­fall has af­fected all ar­eas in the state.

Pan­vel res­i­dents, too, will not been spared. They will face fur­ther wa­ter cuts owing to the low ca­pac­ity of Dehrang dam and the old di­lap­i­dated pipe­lines of Ma­ha­rash­tra Jee­van Prad­hikaran (MJP).

The MJP is plan­ning to re­duce the wa­ter sup­ply to Pan­vel.

The Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil’s (PMC) wa­ter depart­ment will ta­ble a pro­posal at the next gen­eral body meet­ing.

“There is wa­ter short­age all over the state due to the in­ad­e­quate rain­fall. Pan­vel too has been af­fected be­cause of it,” RR Tayde, PMC en­gi­neer, wa­ter depart­ment said.

He added, “We are go­ing to present a pro­posal on wa­ter cut from MJP in the gen­eral body meet­ing which will dis­cuss it. A de­ci­sion will then be taken on how much wa­ter sup­ply should be cut.”

Cor­po­ra­tions across the state have im­ple­mented wa­ter cuts owing to the acute short­age of wa­ter. Ear­lier in the week, the MIDC had an­nounced a 48-hour wa­ter cut ev­ery week be­tween Wed­nes­day mid­night and Fri­day mid­night.

Pan­vel city, with a pop­u­la­tion of 1.11 lakh, needs a to­tal of 27 mil­lion litres of wa­ter per day (mld). Around 10-12 mld of this is sup­plied from Dehrang dam till March and the rest is sourced from MJP and Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MIDC).

The Dehrang dam, lo­cated at a dis­tance of 15 km from the city and with a stor­age ca­pac­ity of 3.57 mil­lion cu­bic me­tre (mcm), was de­vel­oped by the PMC for sup­ply­ing wa­ter to Pan­vel through pipe­lines. How­ever, owing to the sand and stones flow­ing in from the Matheran hills, the depth of the wa­ter body has re­duced con­sid­er­ably.

More­over, the MJP pipe­lines be­ing old and rusted need fre­quent re­pairs and main­te­nance. The shut­down for re­pair and main­te­nance lead to in­con­ve­nience to res­i­dents.

MJP sources wa­ter from Patal­ganga River, fil­ters it at Bhokarpada fil­tra­tion plan and sup­plies wa­ter to PMC, City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust.

Ear­lier, the MJP got 15 mld of wa­ter from Morbe but that has stopped now. To add to the prob­lem, Tata Power, which re­leases wa­ter into Patal­ganga River, will release less wa­ter now as the stock in the dam that helps it gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity is also less.

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