Rajasthan: Jawai Dam is drying up, water will come by train in Pali

Now once again the district administration has sent a proposal to the railway department to deliver water by rail in Pali district of West Rajasthan.

For the last two fortnight in the district, water is being supplied from those dams which are actually built for irrigation. And there is still water left in these small dams, but this too will not last for long, their capacity will also end around 15th April. According to the administration, the number of these dams around the district is about five.

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Presently drinking water supply in Pali city is running through first pumping from Baniawas (dam made for irrigation) and Jawai dam.

In this regard, Pali water supply’s executive engineer Kan Singh said that when its water gets exhausted in April, the local water sources will be the only support. In such a situation, two wells have also been constructed by our department in the Hemawas dam. Along with this, preparations are being made to dig tubewells in Pali city’s new village, Tagore Nagar area by estimating water.

It may be noted that the pumping of the first dead storage from Jawai Dam had started on March 17. The administration says that the water of this dead storage is expected to last from 15 to 20 April. After this, pumping will have to be started from the second stage dead storage.

The administration officials have told their inability to give information about how many million cubic feet (mcft) water will be available in Jawai and for how many days that water can be used.

Keep in mind that pumping of second dead storage was done 13 years back in the year 2009. At that time, second pumping of dead storage was started when 380 mcft water was in the dam.

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Jawai dam irrigates 38,670 hectares of land in Pali and Jalore districts. This time, due to the arrival of only 19 feet of water in the dam, water was not given to the farmers for irrigation. Whereas in 2021, 47.95 feet of water was received in this dam.

The length of main canal of Jawai Dam Project is 23 km and the length of small and medium canals is 234 km. Through these, irrigation is done in the land of command area of ​​33 villages of Pali district.

Altogether, about 50 thousand farmers are directly and indirectly associated with the Jawai Dam. The capacity of the dam is 7887.5 million cubic feet.

As far as the administration’s proposal to bring water by rail in times of water crisis is concerned, if water is brought to Pali through rail from April 15, then it will be drinking water in this district for the third time in last 16 years i.e. about one and a half decade. Will be supplied by rail.

Earlier on July 20, 2009, the water train was run. After this, it was proposed to run the train on July 1, 2016, but due to rain on July 3, the train remained standing in Jodhpur. If seen recently, the water train had arrived in Pali on July 25, 2019.

This water train had made nine trips till August 2, 2019. After this, the train was stopped when it rained. At present, it has been proposed to run water train for Pali from April 15.

There will be about 40 to 50 wagons in a train, from which about 50 thousand liters of water will be brought to Pali. In Pali, behind the head works of Subhash Nagar Water Works, the work of cleaning the diggies has been started. The water brought from the train is stored in these Diggs and it is from here that water is supplied.

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Author: Anil Ashwani Sharma

Publish On: April 4, 2022.


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