Panvel residents gearing up to ring in the new year with water cut woes

Panvel residents gearing up to ring in the new year with water cut woes

In a concerning news for Panvel residents, the city’s municipal corporation has announced a one-day water cut every week.

According to an official statement released by the Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC), they have announced a one-day water cut every week in the city, in the new year.

Clarifying further, the civic body shared that the weekly one-day water cut will be implemented between Monday to Friday as per water tank location area - Gangaram theatre, Market Yard, vegetable market, Patel Mohalla and Thana Naka. There will not be water cuts on Saturdays and Sundays.

It is pertinent to note that this year water cut has been declared a month earlier than usual. However, this has led to worrisome situation for the residents about how will things proceed further.

“We are taking precautionary measures to reduce the hardships that residents have to face in summer. The tank area wise water cut will be in place till the start of monsoon,” PCMC commissioner Ganesh Deshmukh told HT.

Water cuts are a regular feature of the region. Located next to Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) area, which has water supply in abundance, thanks to the civic body-owned Morbe dam.

If reports are to be believed, Panvel’s daily water need is between 30-32 mld. PCMC sources 15 mld from MJP and 5 mld from MIDC. The remaining requirement is sourced from PCMC-owned Dehrang dam. Dehrang dam capacity, however, has been reducing over the years due to accumulation of silt. This leads to the dam running dry early and increases PCMC’s dependency on MJP and MIDC.

Hence, for the past few years, PCMC has been taking measures to reduce the acute water shortage in summer by announcing water cuts before the situation worsens. They are in place till June 15.

The decision is usually taken in January, but this year it has come early. The announcement was made through a public notice.

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