‘RAISE HEIGHT OF URAN’S RANSAI DAM, INCREASE CAPACITY’
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.”