State dams get 148 TMC water in 5 days
Heavy rains in the first five days of August have supplied the state’s 2,596 big and small dams with 148 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) water, nearly ten times theannual requirement for Pune city .
The water stock in the state’s dams was 597.91 TMC on August 1, which rose by 11%, to 745.97 TMC on Friday.The present water stock in all the dams is 55.64%.
The rains have been particularly heavy over the peninsula, including the Konkan and central Maharashtra subdivisions. Some areas in these subdivisions have recorded their highest rainfall in 100 years.
In Nashik, most of the dams filled up quickly , as they are medium and small capacity . Water from these dams had to be released into the Godavari basin, as a result of which there was flood ing in several places.
The situation in Marathwada is different though. Except for Jayakwadi dam, other dams in the region have still not got adequate rain in their catchment areas.Jayakwadi dam, which had hit dead storage level recently, now has 19.98 TMC water thanks to the rains and the flow from the Godavari in Nashik. The dam has a total storage capacity of 76.65 TMC.
The rains contributed the most to dams in Pune division. The 409 dams here have a storage capacity of 470.62 TMC. These dams had 230.64 TMC water on August 1 but the storage jumped to 304.27 TMC in five days. The water stock in dams in the Konkan region was up by just 7 TMC over the same period, mainly because most of these dams have been discharging water.
Shivaji Upase, secretary , state water resources department, water management and command area development, said, “We faced a serious situation for the last two years but are now getting ample water. The showers in Nashik and Pune are benefittng Jayakwadi dam in Marathwada and Ujani dam in Solapur. Ujani dam has a capacity of 117 TMC, of which 60% is dead stock.It supplies water to Solapur and southern parts of Pune district.“
Bartaman Patrika epaper 06-08-2016: http://epaper.prabhatkhabar.com