City residents have written to the Pune municipal commissioner questioning him about the 24×7 water supply as part of the ‘Smart Pune’ programme.
They have questioned on the unequal water distribution which range from 350 litre per day per person in old city area of Gaothan to around 60 litre per day per person in fringe areas, especially in Viman Nagar and Baner.
The letter also added that 24×7 water supply was only possible if a holistic approach was considered.
S G Dalvi, District Manager of Climate Reality Project, and team members – who have been raising several issues on water – also pointed out at recycling of grey water and questioned the implementation of the Rainwater Harvesting Policy which would be major source for water.
They pointed out – with an example of 1,000-sq-foot rooftop area which receive 75,000 litres of rainwater per year – that the huge amount of precious natural resource is going unused.
They have stated that even as the city has embarked on the smart city project, till date, no action plan is available in public domain regarding the 40 per cent loss of water in transportation and increasing the capacity of reservoirs.
“In 1950, the population of Pune was 5.12 lakh and presently, it is 40 lakh. There is an eight-time increase. Still, this has not resulted in increasing the capacity,” pointed out Dalvi.
The letter also questioned the water conservation policy and the groundwater management and maintainance policy, besides dependency on water from other reservoirs.
Pune city is planning to get water from Bhama Ashkad reservoir, they pointed out, asking when the water needed in that area would increase, people from the region will oppose to the supply from their reservoir and so this is not a solution.
The letter also included that Marathwada is unable to get water from Nagar or Nashik reservoirs and planning on such promises may not succeed.
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