The Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC) restored water supply from its Dehrang Dam to the Old Panvel area after the level of the dam rose. The civic body says they provide about 10-12 MLD of water per day from the dam which was shut down in late May after the water level in the dam depleted to an unusable level.
The good rains last week, especially after Thursday, raised the level of the dam and now the civic body has started collecting water for the city.
After three years, the city experienced a severe water shortage, especially among the residents of Old Panvel. Even PMC started providing water every other day in the Old Panvel area from May 28 and asked citizens to cooperate with the civic body.
Normally, the monsoon arrives in the city in the first week of June and after some good rains, the civic body had planned to restore the water supply. However, this year, the slow monsoon forced the civic body to continue the alternate water supply for more than a month.
In 2018, 2017 and 2018, the civic corps faced a similar situation when there was a bad monsoon and they provided water every other day. However, despite good rainfall last year, this year the problem of water shortage has arisen.
At present, the civic body needs about 30 MLD of water per day to supply about 1.5 population in Old Panvel.
Vilash Chavan, deputy engineer of PMC’s water supply department, said the civic body meets the water needs of 30 MLD from three sources. “The civic body gets water from Taloja Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Maharashtra Jal Pradhikaran (MJP) and Dehrang Dam to meet the needs of the citizens,” Chavan said. While MIDC Taloja draws water from the Kasadi River near Panvel, MJP draws water from the Patalganag River, originating from the Khandala part of the Sahaydri scrap. However, this year there was an interruption in the water supply to MIDC and MJP, so the civic body withdrew excess water from its Dehrang dam to meet the city’s demand. . According to Chavan, the level of the dam has risen to a sufficient level following good rainfall and thus the water supply has been restored with 10 MLD per day.
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