In view of deficient June rains, water cut likely to take place in Thane district, announces TMC

On June 30, the Water Resources Department along with the concerned departments will review the available water resources in the district.

Abhitash SinghUpdated: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 07:20 PM IST
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The Thane district this season has received very low rainfall at only 129.4 ml, as a result, only 31 per cent of water has been stored in the Barvi dam which supplies water in the Thane district.

In the coming days, if the rainfall situation remains the same, then there could be a water cut in Thane, informed the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) officials.

The monsoon, which was expected to enter the state by the end of May, has been delayed this year. As a result, the Thane district received below-average rainfall.

The district receives an average rainfall of 400 ml per annum in the month of June. Last year, Thane received 666.6 ml of rainfall which was 165.5 per cent more than the average and adequate water reserves were available in the water sources.

This year, however, the demand for water from the water source has started declining rapidly with the district receiving only 129.4 ml of rainfall until June 27. Therefore, if the rainfall does not reach the average in the coming week, it could lead to a water crisis in the district.

A senior official from TMC said, "The Barvi Dam supplies water to Ambernath, Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Kalyan, Dombivali, Thane, Mira-Bhayander and rural areas as well as industrial estates in Thane district. The water level of the Ulhas river is maintained due to the water coming from the Andhra dam and the Bhivapuri power project. However, due to low rainfall, there is not enough water in the water resources at present. Barvi Dam has a storage capacity of 338.84 million cubic meters but at present, the dam has only stored 107.79 million cubic meters which is only 31.36 per cent of the total capacity. If there is no rain in the next few days, water scarcity is likely to happen in the district."

Review on June 30:

On June 30, the Water Resources Department along with the concerned departments will review the available water resources in the district.

Some senior officials have expressed that a water crisis in the district is inevitable if there is no rainfall till the end of this month.

Puja Singh, a resident of Dombivali said, "For the last few days there are unannounced waters cut in most parts of the Dombivali and Kalyan area. The water supply has been cut off in the name of maintenance and repair."

In the last few days, the water supply in Thane, Kalyan Dombivali area was cut off for repairs.

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