Prepare water supply plan in 3 days for Rabi: Bawankule to officials

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Nov 2017 09:32:37


Staff Reporter,

Considering the inadequate rainfall this year and shortage of water in Pench Irrigation Project, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule have instructed officials to frame the water distribution plan and release water for Rabi crops within three days. The meeting was held at Collector Office on Monday. As the dry spell has brought down water levels in dams of the region to a low, the water supply for the Rabi crop (mainly paddy) in large tracts of farmland also decreased. Hence, farmers in the region, Nagpur and Bhandara districts that are part of command area of Pench Project, have raised demand to provide Pench water for irrigation before Guardian Minister. With Shiv Sena, estranged ally of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) taking plunge in the dispute and former MLA Adv. Ashish Jaiswal trying to fish in the troubled waters, Bawankule took the bull by horn to stem the farmers unrest before it spreads. 

Against this backdrop today's meeting was held. Bawankule informed the meeting that in light of inadequate rainfall and completion of Chaurai irrigation project, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh Governments are planning to supply water for irrigation along with drinking water in this water scarcity.

He also instructed the officials to frame the water distribution plan for Kharif crop between December 21, 2017 to January 5, 2018 and provide that information to farmers. Already, less availability of water in Totladoh reservoir has created problems for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in meeting the water needs of Nagpur city. NMC had sought reservation of 212 MM3 of water from the reservoir for the city. However, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) has cut down allocation to 196.36 MM3 water for Nagpur city.

Though the Water Reservation Committee (WRS) has given a big relief to Nagpurians with its decision to provide water to the city as per demand, it has asked NMC to plug leakages to avoid wastage of water. Pench project reservoir at Totladoh has only 31 per cent water and it is very difficult for the administration to maintain reservation for irrigation, industries, and also for drinking purposes.

In the meeting, Bawankule also directed Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials to prepare water supply plan for distribution in Nagpur city and implement it as early as possible. He also said that it is very difficult to maintain reservation for industries, hence the distribution should be done only for irrigation and drinking purpose.

He instructed that power generation projects of Khaparkheda and Koradi can get water through reused water of Bhandewadi Project and Mauda can use their recycled water. He said that the decisions taken in the meeting should be implemented on war basis by every concerning departments.

Bawankule also informed that Government have a plan to get water in Pench Project through tunnel from Lohaghogari of Madhya Pradesh. Similarly, Government has plan to construct three dams on Kanhan river and a dam on Nag river to fulfill the needs of irrigation. Government has already prepared a budget of Rs 3,200 crore for all these projects.

MLA Sunil Kedar, former State Minister Rajendra Mulak, Ravindra Khajanji, Resident Deputy Collector, B S Swami, Chief Engineer, Irrigation Department, Lalit Ingle, Superintendent Engineer, J B Turkhede, Executive Engineer, Pench Irrigation Project, S G Dhawle and other officials were present during the meeting.