Combined water levels of all the four dams in the city — Khadakwasla, Panshet, Temghar and Varasgaon — is 3.37 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) as on Wednesday, according to the water resource department. The fall in the dam water storage levels has worried officials as the cumulative stock of the four dams with a total capacity of 29 TMC stood at its lowest.

Last year during the same period, the water level in the four dams was 4.60 TMC, according to the department.

Sanjeev D Chopade, superintending engineer, Pune irrigation circle, said, “Rainfall deficiency during last monsoon and increasing temperature (quickening the rate of evaporation) in summer were responsible for decreasing the water stocks in the dams.”

“However, we are confident that the available water will be sufficient till July 15, so there is no need to worry,” said, Chopade.

The stock in Panshet dam is down to 16 per cent while Khadakwasla has 40 per cent of its total capacity left.

Also, the irrigation department will release 0.58 TMC of water (from existing water stock) from Khadakwasla dam during the Wari procession by the end of June.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that southwest monsoon will arrive in Maharashtra between June 17 and 21 and at the tip of southern parts of the state, it will arrive by June 12-15.

Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, IMD, said, “Monsoon will arrive in Maharashtra between June 17 and 21. Initially, in June and July, we are expecting less rainfall, but from August onwards we are expecting good rainfall.”

First Published:
Jun 06, 2019 14:35 IST

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