The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has agreed to provide funds to the irrigation department for conducting a geological survey.
PCMC had got the Centre’s approval for the Pavana dam-Nigdi water pipeline project in 2007. The project was to carry the Pavana dam waters using a 40-km pipeline. But the farmers in Maval taluka had opposed the project, fearing that the PCMC may draw more than its allotted share from the pipeline and as a result, the downstream villages will be left without adequate water.
The proposal for construction of two weirs was mooted to make adequate water available for Maval villages. The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh and others had filed a PIL in the high court in January 2009 but it was rejected in October 2010.
BKS then had approached the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA).
Meanwhile, the state government asked the civic body to suspend work after police fired at the protesting farmers in Urse in 2011, which led to the three deaths.
MWRRA gave a conditional approval to the civic body in May 2012 to implement the project, under which it had to draw water from Pavana river at Ravet during the rainy season and construct two KT weirs at Shivane and Gahunje. The civic body paid Rs7 lakh in May 2012 to the irrigation department to conduct a primary survey and a detailed estimate. In September 2017, the irrigation department told the civic body that Rs9.08 lakh had to be paid for the geological exploration.
“We have sent a proposal to the standing committee for paying Rs 9.08 lakh to the irrigation department,” Ravindra Dudhekar, joint city engineer and chief of water supply department, PCMC, told TOI.