The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is making serious plans to preserve ground water. After deciding to build new water distribution stations to reduce ground water usage, the civic body is planning to cut down its use in industrial areas by launching a pilot project at Odhav.
At present, five major industrial areas of the city like Narol, Vatva, Danilimda, Odhav and Naroda utilise ground water from borewell arbitrarily, which is diminishing the natural resource. Taking note of such practices, the AMC has taken steps to preserve ground water level.
Municipal commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra said: “We’ve threatened the five industrial areas to shut down operations if they continue using ground water. To discourage ground water usage, we want to provide them municipal water for industrial purpose.”
According to a survey carried out by the civic body, it was found that industries utilise water for two purposes industrial use and gardening. “For both these activities, potable water will do. Hence, we are making arrangements to supply municipal water to these areas,” said an official of the AMC water department.
Surprisingly, the five industrial areas of the city utilise 200 million litres per day (MLD) of ground water everyday. AMC will begin its pilot project in Odhav in the next few months and gradually implement the project in other industrial areas. For the Odhav project, discussions have taken place between the industries and the AMC.
“We have convinced them to stop utilising borewell water and they have agreed. The Odhav industrial area utilises six MLD, which will be substituted by municipal water supply,” stated Mohapatra.
According to legal norms, the industries have to take the approval of the municipal commissioner to set up borewells. But unfortunately, many have not done that.