STRUGGLING TO implement its ambitious 24-hour water supply project in its jurisdiction of the old city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started planning on extending the project to the 11 villages that were recently included within civic limits.
The area under PMC jurisdiction before the delimitation exercise was 250 sq km, which has increased to 333 sq km with the inclusion of the 11 villages. The state government is also contemplating merging 23 more villages, following which the local area of the PMC will increase to 480 sq km. The population of the 11 newly-merged villages is 2.78 lakh.
In its proposal, the PMC said it was planning to implement the existing 24-hour water supply scheme in the newly-merged villages, and will also prepare a project report for the proposed merger of 23 additional villages. The source of water supply for all these villages will be Khadakwasla dam and the three dams upstream. An additional source of 2.6 TMC is also available from the Bhama Askhed dam and 0.33 TMC from the Pawana dam.
The PMC, in its proposal, stated, “The proposed project will be designed for 150 liters per capita per day consumption and for a period of 30 years. Additional water demand will be computed to cater to other demands such as fire incidents, commercial and industrial purposes.”
The proposal stated that in many villages, the current water supply was through open well or the existing water supply system of the PMC. Thus, the private agency will have to study the sources, suggest improvements and design the complete water supply system. The agency will have the liberty to discard the existing water distribution system and propose a new one. Similarly, some existing reservoirs can be proposed for strengthening the water supply scheme, the proposal stated.
The feasibility report and detailed project report will be prepared along with raising funds for the project to be implemented in 11 villages of Lohagaon, Shivane, Mundwa, Hadapsar, Satra Nali, Ambegaon (Kd), Undri, Dhayari, Ambegaon (Bk), Uruli Devachi and Fursungi.