Rain lashes Thane, officials to decide on water cuts next month
It will have to rain continuously for the dams to have enough water, say officials
THANE: After a weak start, rain lashed the city on Friday, bringing down the temperature and giving respite from the humidity and heat.
The rain, though, will not bring any respite from water cuts, said the irrigation department.
The decision on water cuts will be taken in the second week of July, depending on the water situation.
Rohit Pol, assistant superintending engineer of Thane irrigation department, said, “The first rain usually flows off the surface and does not fill the dams. It will have to rain consistently for the dams to have enough water for us to take any decision on water cuts. We will conduct a meeting around July 10 to take stock of the situation.”
He added that the rainfall in catchment area is not satisfactory. “The rainfall at Bhatsa is merely 55mm in June which was 498mm in the same period last year. The situation is the same with the two major dams Andra and Barvi for Thane district.”
A TMC official said, “The city has received 67mm rainfall. Last year, during the same time the rainfall was 756mm. There was no incident of major waterlogging across the city. However, several incidents of tree falls were reported.”
An old tree
fell near Chandrika Industries in Wagale Estate. Five complaints of tree falling were reported. However, no one was injured. The municipal corporation had also declared an alert for high tide alert on Friday morn-
ing. “The IMD had warned of a high tide of 4.96 metres at 3pm. However, it had just begun raining and no major incidents of waterlogging were reported,” the official added.
Thane city received the highest rainfall in the district followed by Kalyan and Ulhasnagar.
Thane and its adjoining areas have been reeling under water scarcity for the past many months.
Thane recorded the highest rainfall in the district on Friday.