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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Con­tain­ers wait­ing to be filled at Nerul MIDC in Navi Mum­bai.

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