In the wake of the water scarcity situation, Pune District Collector Saurabh Rao on Friday has given orders for the acquisition of all private wells as sources for water. The decision was taken after calling in all the departmental heads for addressing the issue of water scarcity in the district.
With Baramati, Indapur, Daund and Purandar talukas being most affected, the district is presently operating 106 tankers as against 16 tankers last year, said Rao at the meet which was held at the Pune Zilla Parishad hall. “With the poor water levels in the dams and overall groundwater level depletion in the district, the decision to acquire private wells as source of water is necessary. These private wells will be acquired so that the water can be used for the affected regions,’’ stated the collector after reviewing the situation of water scarcity in the district.
The task of recharging wells was given last year to the district administration, however with poor rains, the wells in the district could not be recharged. The administration officials also pointed out that there are lot of discrepancies in the work allotted for digging borewells and the actual work performed. The collector has directed the water department of the zilla parishad to pay attention and check for all the details and revert with the corrected figures.
The meet also discussed the number of works to be completed before May 15.
“Repair works in Daund, Baramati, Purandar and Indapur taluka have to be completed before May 15,” said the collector. There were three listed pipeline repairs at Daund, ten works at Baramati, 19 in Purandar taluka and five in Indapur taluka, to be covered in the said period.
The meet also saw the assessment of the water requirements of the municipal councils.
The collector has directed the administration to ready a detailed plan on the requirement of water in the municipal councils. The details were reviewed after the CEOs presented their water management plans at the meet.