Desilting of the left canal with the help of a dredging machine brought from Bhubaneshwar has been started at Jayakwadi Dam. The AMC will be also digging a new channel approaching the emergency water pumping station in the canal. The works have been kick-started with an aim to design and prepare water management plan of the city during summer. Municipal commissioner Harshdeep Kamble will review the work next week.
There is no need to worry for citizens even if the city receives rainfall in July/August. The canal will be desilted 2 metres deep from the water-level of 455 metres with an aim to enhance the water storage and maintain adequate flow of water upto the AMC's pumping station. The desilting will be done in the patch of 1100 metres length.
If the rainfall delays till June-July, the water level in the dam will reduce. Hence, the AMC will be constructing an approach canal at the height of 452 metres. It will be 1100 metres long and 10 metres wide.
The state government had sanctioned an aid of Rs 9 crore to the AMC to tackle the water crisis, last fortnight. The money will be utilised to strengthen emergency water lifting system.