Water crisis deepens

Ujjain : With constantly falling water level in Gambhir Dam, the main water source of the city, Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC) is contemplating to supply water on every third day to the residents. Now the residents are getting water on alternate days and the dam doesn’t have storage to provide water more than 20 days.

Poor monsoon has caused the situation alarming and till date the dam has received only 11 Mc Ft of rain water, said Prakash Sharma, incharge of water works committee.

As per the directives, the PHE department reserved water for the city by rationing it on alternate days till August with an expectation of good monsoon by this month. There has been poor rainfall this year and the civic administration was forced to cut in supply. The UMC has decided to provide water once in three days to the city so that water lasts till August 15.

The earlier prediction was that monsoon will arrive by July 20 but it reached late and that too weak. As rainfall is scanty till date, the UMC has to take harsh steps further to ensure that water lasts for more days, said civic officer. However, the final decision will be taken by the elected representatives, he added.

Till now administration depended on Met and local observatory predictions and the district administration has planned water cuts in accordance with the Met department forecasts.

There was no rain in June and almost nil in July. Now the Met department stated that monsoon would revive in middle of August. “We are meeting soon to decide any water cut to be introduced in the city, said Prakash Sharma, incharge water works committee.

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