Punade dam dries, villages in Uran depend on water tankers
Authorities say they would remove silt from the dam so that it holds more water
URAN: Punade dam that supplies water to eight villages located on the east side of Uran has gone dry.
The villages are now dependent on water tankers for their daily water needs.
The city has been reeling under severe water shortage.
With no water in the dam, the water supply department has begun work on removing the sludge from the dam. The water supply situation in the region is meanwhile acute with 10 tankers being pressed into service to supply water to the villages under the action plan prepared by the administration to tackle the shortage of water.
Pirkon, Pale, Govathne, Avre, Sarde, Vasheni, Punade, Kadappe and other nearby areas are supplied water by Punade dam. The region was earlier known for its water shortages, however for the past 10 years Punade dam has been catering to the villagers. It had become a virtual lifeline of the villagers.
With the rainfall in the dam area being inadequate last year, the water in the dam has exhausted earlier than usual. This has led to acute water shortage in the region.
Pradeep Mhatre, a local villager, said: “Around a month
and a half ago, with the water level in the dam falling drastically, water could not be supplied by pumping. A pit was dug up near the pumping machinery using a poclain and water was somehow sourced from the dam.”
He added, “This helped in supplying water to some extent. Now with absolutely no water
in the dam, the situation has turned grim. We are hoping that the removal of silt will help us get more water next year.”
The silt is being removed to help increase the water holding capacity of the dam.
Zilla parishad member and water supply committee chairman Vinod Mhatre said: “I along with other members and locals followed up with the zilla parishad to get permission for removal of silt from the dam. It will help prepare the dam to hold more water this monsoon and the situation will then be better next year.”
Mhatre said, “The water tankers were provided with the help of tehsildar Nitin Chavan and block officer YM Prabhe.”
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