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The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has taken a multifaceted approach to groundwater conservation, including establishing a dedicated groundwater cell and planning to undertake projects to raise groundwater levels in ponds. The PMC's Environment Officer emphasized the importance of sustainable water use, stating that groundwater is a vital resource for the city and must be preserved.
Establishes dedicated groundwater cell
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has established a dedicated groundwater cell to oversee its groundwater conservation efforts. The cell will be responsible for identifying and safeguarding groundwater reserves, gathering data on bore well water extraction rates, and preventing groundwater pollution.
Allocates ₹20 lakh for groundwater recharge initiatives in gardens
The PMC has allocated ₹20 lakh for groundwater recharge initiatives in several gardens, including GP Pradhan Garden, Kalmadi Udyan, Shahid Hemant Karkare Udyan, Ghorpade Garden, Late Jaisingrao Sasane Garden, and Shivarkar Udyan. The garden department has prioritized three gardens – Ghorpade Garden, Late Jaisingrao Sasane Garden, and Shivarkar Udyan – out of the six selected. Funds of ₹80 lakh would be used to support the groundwater recharge efforts in these gardens.
Plans to undertake projects to raise groundwater levels in ponds
In addition to gardens, the PMC also plans to undertake projects to raise groundwater levels in ponds located in Harantale, Uruli Devachi, Dhayari, and Uttamnagar.
These projects will be executed in collaboration with the three selected gardens, collectively working towards replenishing groundwater levels in bore wells within their premises.
PMC’s Environment Officer emphasizes importance of sustainable water use
PMC’s Environment Officer, Mangesh Dighe, emphasized the importance of sustainable water use in a growing city, stating, “As Pune continues to expand, the pressure on essential civic services intensifies. Ensuring a consistent water supply necessitates responsible water management. Groundwater is a vital resource for our city and must be preserved and shielded.”
A positive step towards ensuring sustainable water supply
The PMC’s multifaceted approach to groundwater conservation is a positive step towards ensuring a sustainable water supply for Pune’s residents in the face of ongoing urbanization.