NASHIK: 200 mcft of water released by the Nashik irrigation department from Darna dam for Chehadi weir and Cantonment Board, Devlali about 10 days ago is under scanner by the district collectorate.

“200 mcft water was released from Darna dam for Chehadi and the Deolali Cantonment Boardabout 10 days ago, before the release date as per the rotation. Now, there is a demand for water for Vaijapur, Kopargaon and Shirdi Sansthan areas. Had the water been released on actual date, as per the rotation, all the areas – Chehadi and the Deolali Cantonment Board, and Vaijapur, Kopargaon and Shirdi Sansthan, would have gotten water in one go, without any wastage,” executive engineer of Nashik Irrigation Department (NID) A N Mhaske said.

Now, there is a demand of 750 mcft water for Vaijapur, Kopargaon and Shirdi Sansthan areas, for which water will be released from Darna dam again from Thursday and it may continue for a span of five days till the entire water is passed from the dam. The water will be picked from Nandur Madhmeshwar pickup weir, Mhaske added.

“The water released for Chehadi and Cantonment Board was only meant for drinking and industrial purposes and was within reserved limits. The decision was taken as part of the duties assigned,” the official claimed.

However, the activity has brought the irrigation department under scanner. “We received complaints about water being released by the irrigation department without the knowledge of the collectorate. That is why we are now raising the issue with the water resource department and after getting a fair idea about the issue, we will be able to comment,” a senior official from the revenue department said.