PMC starts de­silt­ing at Dehrang dam

Silt has re­duced the stor­age ca­pac­ity of the dam from 3,357 MLD to 2,100 MLD, say sources

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G. Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

The de­silt­ing work of the Dehrang dam that has been pend­ing for sev­eral years was fi­nally taken up ear­lier this week with sup­port from the peo­ple of the re­gion, in­clud­ing of­fi­cials, contractors and elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (PMC) is the only coun­cil in the state to build its own dam, lo­cated on the foothills of Matheran. This is the big­gest silt-clean­ing op­er­a­tion ever un­der­taken at the dam.

Raigad dis­trict col­lec­tor Shee­tal Ugale, PMC pres­i­dent Mangesh Chi­tale, sub-di­vi­sional of­fi­cer Bharat Shi­tole, tehsil­dar Deepak Aakde and other of­fi­cials played an im­por­tant role in get­ting the work started.

The col­lec­tor has gar­nered praise from all quar­ters for con­duct­ing a poll to make Wa­hal al­co­hol-free and now start­ing the clean­ing, which is cru­cial for quench­ing the thirst of Pan­vel in today’s dif­fi­cult times.

The city, with a pop­u­la­tion of around 1.25 lakh, is fac­ing an acute short­age of wa­ter. Potable wa­ter is sup­plied to the households on al­ter­nate days.

The inad­e­quate rain­fall last year has been com­pounded by the fact that the silt in the Dehrang dam has not been cleared for the past two years lead­ing to fur­ther prob­lems in the avail­abil­ity of wa­ter. While there is a nat­u­ral cause for the wa­ter short­age, de­layed de­ci­sion-mak­ing has hit res­i­dents hard.

There are, at present, 11,000 wa­ter con­sumers in the city who need 26mld wa­ter daily. De­spite Pan­vel hav­ing its own dam, it has to de­pend on var­i­ous agen­cies to ful­fill its re­quire­ment.

The Dehrang dam is spread over 277 acres. It has a wa­ter stor­age ca­pac­ity of 3,357mld. How­ever, since it has 3 me­tres of silt de­posited in it, the ca­pac­ity has been re­duced to 2,100 mld.

With the dam vir­tu­ally ex­haust­ing its wa­ter this month, Raigad col­lec­tor Shee­tal Ugle, de­spite no res­o­lu­tion taken by the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil, used the Ja­lyukt Shivar scheme and co­or­di­nated with var­i­ous depart­ments to start the silt­clear­ing work.

Un­der the scheme, Pan­vel tehsil­dar Deepak Aakde got the co­op­er­a­tion of contractors in the Pan­vel taluka who have de­ployed 80 dumpers and other such ma­chines.

The silt taken out of the dam will be de­posited on PMC’s land above it. Around 5,000 saplings will be planted on it. It will also be dis­trib­uted among lo­cal farm­ers if they re­quire it.

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