Dehrang dam wa­ter level rises, Pan­vel to tide over wa­ter cri­sis

MORE POTABLE WA­TER PMC to build four more wa­ter tanks to cater to Pan­vel’s 1.2 lakh peo­ple

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Res­i­dents of Kharghar were promised gar­dens and play­grounds. But, it still re­mains a prom­ise.

While mak­ing the frame­work for Kharghar, the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) had promised to make a gar­den or play­ground in every sec­tor of the node.

Two years ago, there was a pro­posal to de­velop a zo­diac gar­den at Sec­tor 19 of the node which was sup­posed to be the first theme-based gar­den in the area. How­ever, Cidco has failed to build the ameni­ties.

“The plot at Sec­tor 19 was marked to build a but­ter­fly gar­den but later it was de­cided to build a zo­diac gar­den. How­ever, noth­ing has been done till now,” said Ki­ran Patil, 35, res­i­dent of Kharghar and sec­re­tary of Pra­gati Rahivashi Man­dal.

As per the plan, the de­vel­op­ing au­thor­ity had ear­marked plots in each of the 35 sec­tors in Kharghar to de­velop a gar­den. But res­i­dents com­plained that since the de­vel­op­ment has not been done, the va­cant plots are be­ing mis­used by mis­cre­ants and anti-so­cial el­e­ments.

“The open plots are be­ing used by anti-so­cial el­e­ments at night. Some­times, res­i­dents dumb garbage or de­bris. We have been ap­peal­ing to the of­fi­cials for many years to de­velop the plots,” said Arindam Ghosh, 31, res­i­dent of Kharghar.

Of­fi­cials said the work will be­gin soon. “We are aware on the lack of de­vel­op­ment of the plots and have also re­ceived com­plaints over its mis­use. We will dis­cuss the de­vel­op­ment of play­grounds with se­nior of­fi­cials within a week and will soon take out the ten­ders to invite bid­ders for de­vel­op­ing the gar­dens and play­grounds,” said Ramesh­war Kushalkar, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, Kharghar Zone 1, Cidco.

Dehrang dam, that sup­plies wa­ter to Pan­vel re­gion, saw wa­ter level rise to 25m.

Thanks to the in­ces­sant rain­fall in the past one week. The rise in wa­ter level has helped Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil sup­ply 5 mld wa­ter from the dam to Pan­vel.

Dehrang dam’s wa­ter stor­age ca­pac­ity is 3.57 mcm. Rain­fall in June and July so far has been re­ported to be 2983 mm.

There are 11,000 wa­ter con­sumers in the city who need 26mld wa­ter daily. The dam had com­pletely ex­hausted its wa­ter stor­age in May this year. It also had a prob­lem of around 3 m silt hav­ing been ac­cu­mu­lated in it.

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

This had forced PMC which owns the dam to look for other al­ter­na­tives and also re­sulted in Pan­vel get­ting wa­ter sup­ply only on al­ter­nate days. The res­i­dents had been get­ting pol­luted wa­ter and at very low pres­sure.

A PMC of­fi­cial said, “To counter the prob­lem, we have de­cided to con­struct four ad­di­tional wa­ter tanks in the city. These will be con­structed at Hari Om So­ci­ety, Mar­ket yard, HOC colony and Sai Mandir.”

Pan­vel has six wa­ter tanks and its fil­tra­tion plant is lo­cated near ST depot.

DE­SILT­ING HELPED INCREASE CA­PAC­ITY

In a mas­sive clean up, 3m of silt was re­moved from the dam be­fore mon­soon, mak­ing space for more wa­ter.

The de­silt­ing work of Dehrang dam that had been pending for sev­eral years was fi­nally taken up in May 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 that is lo­cated on the foothills of Matheran. This is the big­gest silt-clean­ing op­er­a­tion ever un­der­taken at the dam.

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

With the dam vir­tu­ally ex­haust­ing its wa­ter in May 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.

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

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