Activists and politicians denounce measure to restrict water supply | Pune News
Pune: Politicians and citizens’ groups on Friday called the Irrigation Department’s decision to control the water supply from the Khadkwasla Dam to civic areas of Pune on Friday as the fallout of “a categorical stance intended to cause division ( agriculture) between towns and countryside “.
Deepali Dhumal, opposition leader at the PMC, said such water cuts are not acceptable. âAn amicable solution must be found in this matter. This kind of arm twisting tactic adopted by the irrigation department is wrong, âshe said. Mayor Murlidhar Mohol objected to the curbs, saying the PMC is making every effort to control water consumption. “Imposing water cuts in such a scenario is wrong,” he said. Sajag Nagrik Manch, a citizens’ group, said it was not appropriate to impose water cuts when most dams contain around 90% water.
Officials from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said on Friday they would continue to withdraw water in accordance with their current practice. The irrigation service had planned to cut the water supply to municipal areas from Friday. A letter about this was sent to the PMC on Thursday. But no reduction was imposed on Friday.
Aniruddha Pawaskar, head of PMC’s water supply department, said the city administration has withdrawn the water in accordance with its daily use. âWe received the letter from the irrigation department. A meeting has been called with irrigation officials to resolve the issue. The future course of action will be decided accordingly, âhe said.
Vice President Patil, Executive Engineer, Irrigation Department, said: âPMC is receiving water from Bhama Askhed now. So we asked the civic organization to withdraw less water from Khadkwasla, âhe said.