All selections on water provide in Pune metropolis shall be taken by a committee headed by District Collector Naval Kishore Ram, as the President’s Rule that not too long ago got here into impact in Maharashtra means there isn’t a cupboard, and no minister, to head such committees.
Usually, the annual water administration in every district is completed by two committees — the allocation of water for non-agricultural actions is completed by a committee headed by the guardian minister, whereas the district collector is a member-secretary within the panel, and the second canal committee, to resolve water allocation for irrigation actions, is headed by the state irrigation minister or district guardian minister.
A authorities decision issued on Wednesday acknowledged, “President’s Rule has come into force in the state from Tuesday. Annual water management has to be done and it is necessary to appoint an appropriate authority from the administration to carry out the functioning of the committees”.
The state administration has made the district collector the head of the committee to resolve water allocation for non-agricultural functions, and the chief director of the Irrigation division the head of the second committee, to allocate water for irrigation functions.
The appointment of administrative officers as committee chiefs will doubtless result in much less political interference in water administration selections. Pune metropolis, particularly, has seen a justifiable share of acrimony between the state Irrigation division and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) over the quantity of water drawn by the civic physique.
The PMC has been demanding allocation of 17 TMC (one thousand million cubic toes) of water, as towards its traditional quota of 11.5 TMC accredited by the Irrigation division, to satisfy the growing calls for of the rapidly-expanding metropolis. The division has pushed again by urging the PMC to limit its consumption to solely 8.19 TMC a 12 months, citing the order of the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) within the matter. The PMC has appealed towards the MWRRA order and sought a better quota of water, and a remaining resolution within the matter needs to be taken by the state Water Resources division.
The division has additionally warned the PMC that it should pay double the cost if it attracts water from the Khadakwasla dam with out signing an settlement with the state authorities, after the earlier six-year-old settlement expired earlier this 12 months. It has additionally urged the PMC to clear its pending dues of Rs 39 crore for drawing water greater than its allotted share.