Bawankule meets Chouhan over Chourai dam water release

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Aug 2018 09:05:21


Staff Reporter,

Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh again held discussion about release of water from Chourai Dam into Totladoh Dam. MP's Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Nagpur’s Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule met at Coal and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s place in New Delhi the other day.

Bawankule again urged Chouhan to release 5 TMC water into Totladoh to save the standing crops in the catchment area and also to ensure there is no shortage of drinking water ahead. Due to construction of Chourai Dam the inflow into Totladoh Dam has stopped totally leading to drought-like conditions in its catchment area.

Nagpur and Bhandara districts are totally dependent on Totladoh Dam for drinking water supply besides it helps in irrigating thousands of Ha of land in the two places. Due to erratic monsoon and blockade on upstream the Totladoh does not have sufficient stock and about 30 lakh population is in danger of facing water shortage in next few months. This was Bawankule plea to Chouhan and hence urged him to urgently release 5 TMC water from Chourai Dam.

The construction work on Chourai Dam has been completed and it's current stock is 60 per cent which is more than sufficient to meet needs in MP side. Besides the demand on MP side from Chourai is presently very low as the region is not yet urbanised and hence there is no harm in releasing 5 TMC water into Totladoh, said the release issued on behalf of Bawankule.

However the release did not mention the reaction from Chouhan or any hint he gave about demand from Maharashtra. Till then clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over the region, more particularly Nagpur city whose drinking water supply is totally dependent on Totladoh.

Bawankule in past has already hinted at massive cuts in water supply to Nagpur city as needs of farmers, particularly paddy is taken in major area during Kharif season and it is dependent on Totladoh Dam's water, needs to be taken care off. The problem is with design of Totladoh Dam which is located on Pench river which is tributary of Kanhan river. Kanhan river does not have any dam and Water Works Department (WWD) is taking several measures including building temporary check dams using new technology to boost water stock and divert the same into Pench system. However this works have just started and would require a period of one to two years to complete. Till then the only hope is release of water from Chourai Dam.