Rainfall in Pune[edit | edit source]
There is an average 720 mm of rainfall in Pune in about 50 days in a year. Most of this is wasted as the city is highly paved and has few open spaces, gardens and streams offering ability to recharge the ground water. Indiscriminate building has resulted in the loss of the spaces so vital to sustain the city.
Water Sources[edit | edit source]
The Panshet, Warasgaon and Khadakwasla reservoirs are the main source of water for Pune. Given the norm of 150lpd there is hardly enough storage in these to provide for a year of supply to Pune's growing population. The PMC is turning a blind eye to the growth of Pune over the next twenty years which is expected to cross 20 million while the PMC study projects a mere 6 million.
As per the PMC’s agreement with the state irrigation department, the department is required to supply 11 tmc (thousand million cubic feet) of water to the PMC per annum.
Pipes, Tankers and Bottles[edit | edit source]
Is there connivance between the PMC, the tankers and bottled water companies? For 5-6 months in a year the PMC fails in its duty to provide the city with piped water and potable water.
Civic Administration Draining Water[edit | edit source]
A sense of anger and deceit is unmistakable among citizens in Pune where many housing societies are chronically dependent on water tankers.
The element of deceit is apparent because the PMC never informed the public about "water affidavits" and many flat owners also did not get a copy of the document as promised by their builders to the PMC.
The water affidavits also raise legal issues. Can a municipal corporation indiscriminately give building permissions while abdicating its core responsibility of providing water?
Also, why was this policy not made public and opened to a debate?
Since the PMC admitted that it was unable to supply water to the fringe areas, what is the basis for collecting water and other development taxes from citizens in these areas?
It is interesting that the PMC is proposing a 4 FSI across the city to make the Pune "Metro" viable. Where will the water come from?
Rainwater Harvesting[edit | edit source]
There is no policy to provide space to store water harvested from rain in the city. Much of it is tarred and paved, so no seepage possible either.
Pollution[edit | edit source]
Of the 480 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage generated in Pune every day, just 120 MLD gets treated at the municipal sewage treatment plants, while the remaining 360 MLD is discharged into the river without any treatment.
The PMC is required to treat 6 tmc of the water used by residents and re-supply the treated water to the Mutha canal, so that it can be used for irrigation purposes. However, the PMC is yet to construct adequate treatment plants and has not laid the pipelines.