NASHIK: As a result of last year’s heavy rainfall, even though we have reached at the end of June, the 24 reservoirs in the district including seven big and 17 medium projects have a satisfactory water storage at 27% (17893 mcft of the total storage capacity of 65664 mcft). Last year, it was 29 per cent during the same period. In the meantime, 2498.1 mm of rainfall was recorded from June 1 to 29 in the district of the June average rainfall of 2704.80 mm. While Nashik has so far received rainfall (SRF) of 101.1 mm.
From June 1 to 29, Igatpuri tehsil has received 675 mm rainfall, followed by Surgana (360.6 mm), Peth 340.8 mm, and Trimbak 240 mm. Like previous year, this year, even if the arrival of monsoon is assumed to be delayed a little bit after some spells in May and at the beginning of June, there seems to be no shortage of water due to satisfactory water stock in reservoirs.
The district has been receiving satisfactory rainfall for the last two years. In 2020, Girna dam, the largest dam in North Maharashtra, apart from the Gangapur and Darna medium capacity dams, were 100 per cent full for the second year in a row. Other small and large dams were also flooded while discharge of water was continued from big dams.
Therefore, even though the month of May dawned this year, the dams had satisfactory water reserves. Despite the rotation for agriculture and industry this summer, the dams still have a satisfactory water reserve. The Gangapur Dam, which quenches the thirst of Nashik city, has 37% water storage at present.
Last year it was 45 per cent, while the Gangapur Dam Complex has 26% water storage as against 30% of the last year. Therefore, this year, Nashikites had not faced the crisis of water cut in summer. The situation was similar in the district. It is a past experience that rains take a break after raining heavily in early June. Given this whimsical nature, the available water reserves will have to be used sparingly.
Subdued rainfall: IMD Rainfall activity in the state is likely to be subdued over the next few days, a forecast from India Meteorological Department said. Rainfall activity is expected to pick up in July, IMD said. “No strong system was present in or around Maharashtra. Partially, the westerly winds have strengthened,” said Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather forecasting division at IMD Pune. He said that the formation of a low-pressure area is expected in early-July, which will help in the revival of the monsoon. As per the weather forecast, KonkanGoa will get below-normal rainfall, while other areas will get normal or slightly above-normal rain.