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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Megha Pol

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.

PRAFUL GANGURDE

Thane recorded the high­est rain­fall in the district on Fri­day.

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