Water crisis in Pune

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Pune, July 1 (ANI): Water crisis looms large over Pune, as delayed arrival of monsoon has lead to the drying up of water in Khadakwasla dam, lone source of water to the city.

According to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) authorities, only 2.23 per cent of water is now available in the dam. They have been forced to slash the water supply to Pune by 20 per cent and look for alternate sources.

The officials are hopeful that they will be able to tide over the situation by July 20 when monsoon is expected to hit the city. However delay in rains could mean a serious water crisis.

"Only 62 TMC or 2.23 per cent of water is left in the dam. Slashing the water supply by 20 per cent and another 30 per cent, we will be able to supply water till July 20 or July 21. Pune will not face any water crisis. There will be lot of problems if the monsoon does not arrive till July 20," said Avinash Surve, Superintendent Engineer, Pune Irrigation Circle.

Even though there are dams in the vicinity, it is not possible to lay a pipeline.

The experts are of the view that authorities should seriously think about constructing lakes to conserve water in the city. (ANI)

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