Panvel to face more water cuts
Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran, main source of water for region, will reduce supply
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.