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Pune’s Cen­tral Wa­ter Power Re­search Sta­tion has sub­mit­ted a re­port, stat­ing that Ran­sai dam of MIDC on which Uran taluka is de­pen­dent for wa­ter, does not have silt de­posits. Hence to in­crease its wa­ter ca­pac­ity, the sur­round­ing hills should be lev­elled or the op­tion of in­creas­ing the height of the dam should be con­sid­ered.

Two tribal ham­lets would be dis­placed if the dam height is in­creased and so the pro­posal is be­ing op­posed by lo­cals.

Due to the rapid ur­ban­i­sa­tion, the dam wa­ter is prov­ing to be in­ad­e­quate. With the re­port con­firm­ing that there is no de­posit at the base im­ply­ing no ex­ist­ing space is wasted, the only op­tion is to in­crease to dam size to ac­com­mo­date more wa­ter in it.

An MIDC of­fi­cial said: “If the dam height is in­creased by 4 ft, it will dou­ble the ca­pac­ity of the dam. The 10 mld ca­pac­ity would be in­creased to 20 mld.”

The dam was con­structed in 1970. Res­i­dents had claimed that huge silt de­posits in the dam had re­duced its ca­pac­ity. So, the MIDC asked the Pune in­sti­tute to con­duct a sur­vey of the dam.

MIDC has ini­ti­ated the sur­vey of the dam area to in­crease the dam height. Vai­j­nath Thakur, a zilla par­ishad mem­ber, said: “The trib­als who will be dis­placed should first be re­ha­bil­i­tated. They should get 15% of the de­vel­oped land from the to­tal ac­quired and also jobs.”

He added, “The long due tax ar­rears of the dam should be im­me­di­ately paid to Ran­sai gram pan­chayat or we will not al­low the sur­vey.”

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