Water crisis looms

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2018 10:35:26


Special Correspondent,

Guardian Minister blasts NMC, OCW for shoddy handling of water distribution

Citizens must use water judiciously or face upto 50% cut during summer

Need to bring down leakages to 15%

Depleting storage at Totladoh, a matter of worry for district



What ails our water distribution system

Targeted leakage                     15%
Actual leakage                         50%

Zone-wise leakage
Ashi Nagar                             65%
Gandhibag                             70%
Satranjipura                           70%
Mangalwari                            50%
Dhantoli                                 50%
Dharampeth                           35%
Nehru Nagar                          30%
Laxmi Nagar                          25%
Hanuman Nagar                     25%


Due to insufficient rains in catchment area of Pench Dam this year, Nagpur city may face unprecedented water scarcity in next summer due to 50 percent cut proposed in raw water supply by the State Government. The water storage in Totladoh dam is at its lowest level for last several years and this may badly affect water supply of Nagpur and neighbouring towns. Meanwhile, State Government has decided to release 100 MLD water for the farmers for their Kharip crop immediately.

Traditionally, Water Resources Department (WRD) is releasing water for Kharip crops in October but in view of farmers’ demands, government has taken a historic decision to release water to Nagpur and Bhandara district in this month.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur District, while interacting with mediapersons, said, Madhya Pradesh Government has constructed Chourai Dam near Seoni. This has adversely affected water storage in Pench dam.  The total capacity of Pench dam is 1092 MM3 but presently, only 352 MM3 or around 21 per cent water is available in the reservoir. As per rules of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP), the stock of 319.44 MM3 water is required for supply of drinking water in reservoir. The WRD will also not release water till the stock reaches upto 33 per cent.

However, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, WRD Minister Girish Mahajan has taken a decision on my (Bawankule’s) request, Guardian Minister added and said, WRD may not release water for Kharip crops in the month of October due to less stock. He suggested that farmers should think about their crops as they might not get water in the October for their standing crops.

Bawankule has directed municipal administration to use water judiciously. The WRD has proposed 25 per cent cut to the raw water supply due to unexpected crisis. NMC should explore other sources for water supply during scarcity days as cut may be increased upto 50 per cent. The non functioning 3000 borewells and open wells should be repaired and used for the drinking and non-drinking purposes.

Guardian Minister blasted NMC for 60 per cent losses in four zones of the city. He said, NMC has assured to reduce losses upto 25 per cent within two years but it seems that NMC and Orange City Water (OCW) are not serious to plug the leakages. He has directed corporators and officers to create awareness among masses to use the water with extra caution. They should contact every house hold to reduce water use in view of less storage in the dam. “We are asking NMC to reduce losses for last 18 months but they have not taken it seriously,” Bawankule noted with anguish. Replying to a question, he said, MWRRA has taken water losses seriously and there is provision of punishment in the law. Officers and other staff are responsible for the mess, he added.

Bawankule said, “The Energy Department may also shut down some units of Koradi and Khaperkheda Thermal Power stations due to lack of water.” He is also mulling to get additional 30 per cent treated water from NMC for the thermal power plants.

Earlier, Bawankule chaired a review meeting at Nagar Bhavan with NMC officials and office-bearers. Mayor Nanda Jichkar, ZP President Nisha Sawarkar, legislators Sudhakar Deshmukh, Anil Sole, Sudhakar Kohle, Dr Milind Mane, Krishna Khopde, Dr Ashish Deshmukh, Jogendra Kawade, Deputy Mayor Deepraj Pardikar, Ruling Party leader Sandip Joshi, LoP Tanaji Wanve and Municipal Commissioner Virendra Singh attended the meeting.

How much water is supplied to city

Kanhan 65.71 MLD

Pench-Navegaon 112 MLD

Totladoh 78 MLD

786 MLD water supplied to Kanhan, Pench-I, II, III and IV for purification and 645 MLD is lifted.

Total water supply to overhead tanks 198 million litre



Measures needed

Plug leakages

Improve distribution

Action against illegal connections

Use water judiciously

Massive water literary drive

Clean unused borewell

Install RO plants where water source is contaminated

Strengthen traditional sources

Reduce wastage

Recharge water sources

Promote rainwater harvesting

Reuse water for non-potable use.