Because of insufficient rains in the catchment areas of the Kashyapi, Gautami and Gangapur dams, the Nasik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to maintain the current water cut awaiting the water levels enlarge in the dams.
In a meeting between city mayor Yatin Wagh and municipal commissioner Sanjay Khandare the decision of water cut was taken. The cuts were compulsory in entire six NMC divisions from June 19 onwards. Since then, the water cut is still being continued in the limits of NMC.
Mayor Yatin Wagh said that the decision to make compulsory water cuts inside NMC control limits had been taken on June 19 following the decline in water levels at the Gangapur dam and unsatisfactory rainfall in the dam's catchment areas. They have decided to continue with the cuts as the water levels have still not accomplished satisfactory figures in the Gautami, Kashyapi and Gangapur dams.
Currently, water level in Kashyapi dam is at a near 61%1128 MCFT, which is 60.90 per cent of the total capacity, Gautami has observe levels reach close to 1104 MCFT that is 58.62 per cent, the water level in Gangapur dam is 4,697 million cubic feet (MCFT), which amounts to nearly 84%. Whereas the whole capability of the three dams is around 9,000 MFCT, currently only 74% (6,931 MFCT) has been filled.
Previous year, the reserve amount of water for NMC in Gangapur alone was at 4,700 mcft. Currently, they have sought the irrigation department's help to reserve 5,200 mcft water at Gangapur. If in the interim period over the next few days rains improve, a decision to cancel water cuts could be taken.