Indore: The levels of water in the ponds here are down to a level sufficient to cause concern as the city, so far, witnessed very lesser rainfall compared to the same period in the previous years. Dark clouds engulf the city skies each day, but barely precipitation happens. This phenomenon has continued since the arrival of the South-West Monsoon monsoon in the city last month.
Almost one month has passed after the onset of the monsoon, but the rainfall, so far, is way below the expectations of the people and the predictions of the meteorological department. This year, about 4 inches of rainfall have been recorded so far, against 8 inches of rainfall until July 14 last year.
Water level in city’s ponds
§ The Chhota Bilawali pond is all dry, whereas the level of water in the Bada Bilawali was 19.4 inches as on July 14 against its capacity of 34 inches
§ Last year, on July 14, the water level in the Bada Bilawali pond was 23 inches
§ Similarly, the water level in the Bada Sirpur is 7 inches and in Chhota Sirpur 8.8 inches, against their intake capacity of 16 inches and 13 inches last year
§ Last year, till July 14, Chhota Sirpur had filled to its capacity, while the level of water was 12 inches in Bada Sirpur.
§ The only relief is that the level of water in Yeshwant Sagar, the biggest pond of the city, is almost the same as last year’s level
§ On July 14 last year, the level of water in Yeshwant Sagar was 14 inches. This year, it is 13 inches, so far
550 megalitres per day
§ City requires around 550 MLD of water of which around 450 MLD is brought from the Narmada
§ Yeshwant Sagar provides 30 MLD water, while Badi Bilawali gives 3 MLD to city’s requirements
§ Water is also drawn from Bada Sirpur as and when the need arises