Gunjawani dam: Commissioner orders time-bound rehab project

The dam has a total capacity of 19.59 million cubic metres

Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh has issued a time frame for rehabilitation of project-affected people of the Gunjawani dam. The pending issue was discussed on Monday in the presence of district collector Vikas Deshmukh, irrigation officials and MLAs of the area.

"I have asked for a time-bound programme for rehabilitating the affected people in the areas," Deshmukh said after the meeting.

Earlier, a directive was issued where 184 project-affected persons (PAPs) were to get 104 hectares in Bhor and Velhe taluks of the Pune district. Previously, they were allotted land in Kalus near Bhama-Askhed and Shirur. The Gunjawani dam is situated in Nira basin near Velha taluk. The issue was pending before the legislative committee and MLA Anantrao Thopte had taken up the issues of the project-affected people.

The earlier rehabilitation plan for the project had to be redrawn. The earlier assessment saw 379 people being affected, of which 184 people were allotted the land while the remaining 226 were yet to get land. For this, district collectorate officials had called for applications. "Of the 226, 184 people who had applied will get the land," a district official said. Though the dam was to be constructed in 1992, the project-affected people had to be rehabilitated in October, 1989, when the plan was approved. In 2006, a committee was appointed to address the rehabilitation issue.

Gunjawani ranks among the smaller dams of the total 23 small, medium and large dams in Pune district and is known to usually get filled to capacity first every year during the rainy season. It provides water mainly to Velha, Bhor and adjoining areas of the district. The dam has a total capacity of 19.59 million cubic metres.

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