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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Tas­neem Kausar

PAN­VEL: 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.

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.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Dehrang dam’s stor­age ca­pac­ity is 3.57 mcm.

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