NMC seems to be all geared up for the approaching summer and the impending water crisis that follows. In order to tackle the water crisis, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation is planning to take over all the wells and borewells in the city and make them open for all Nagpurkars.
Talking about this initiative, a senior NMC officer said, “The civic body plans to utilize 608 wells and 4,840 bore wells in the city. The identified open wells and borewells, including private and commercial ones, will be opened to public in the coming days.”
Almost 640-660 MLD water is pumped to the city from Kanhan river (200 MLD) and Pench reservoir by Orange City Water. Currently, the water storage capacity of the dams is just about 20% because of the scanty rainfall last year and the commissioning of Chaurai dam in the upstream of Totladoh dam.
Normally, around April, the water levels in the Kanhan river begin to drop. But last year, and this year too, the water level in the river started dropping as early as February. Along with this, the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) had asked NMC to cut down the water consumption. Presently, NMC’s reservation in the Totladoh reserve is 190 mm3 which exceeds the reservation prescribed by the norms (106 mm3). A case concerning this issue is going on in Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA), and the result is expected in a meeting scheduled for today.
As of yet, NMC has not announced any water cuts in the city, but they have kept the option open. Even though the civic body is planning to take over all the wells and borewells, a senior NMC official pointed out that the water from wells or borewells is not potable. The official informed that the department officials will be visiting the sites where wells have been dug up.
“Once the bore wells and dug wells are taken over by the civic body, they will be monitored by the authorities, to ensure proper use by people. The officials will do site visits and check if the wells have been thrown open to public or not. If owners prevent people from using the wells, necessary action will be taken against them,” he said.
Apart from this, the NMC standing committee has approved the waterworks department’s 12.08 crores proposal to keep alternate sources of water ready.
Information and cover image sourced from timesofindia