Pune: The groundwater level in all the five districts of Pune division except Kolhapur has gone up, thanks to the massive campaign of de-silting during the 2013 drought which resulted in additional water storage in almost all the cement barrages built in the drought-hit talukas. Kolhapur did not face drought last year and water scarcity initiatives were not launched in the district on a massive scale.
According to the Groundwater Survey and Development Authority (GSDA) officials, the massive programme of de-silting and building cement check dams in drought-hit talukas and villages has reflected in the survey done by GSDA.
The GSDA takes readings at its observation wells for every quarter and groundwater level has shown rise in all the five districts of Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur. The increased water levels and cement check dams have provided water for a longer duration bringing down the number of tankers deployed during the summer in Pune division. At present, there are 59 tankers deployed in the five districts while it were about 200 tankers in the first week of May, 2013.
In Pune district, as compared to 66 observation wells which had witnessed increase in water level last year, there are 81 wells which have shown increased water level. This means 15 additional wells have shown increase in the water level. In Satara, there were 97 observation wells which had shown decrease in water level in 2013 but this year the figure has gone down to 45, meaning 52 wells have shown increase in water level.
In Sangli there were 25 wells in 2013 which showed increase in water level out of a total of 85 observation wells, this year 44 wells have shown increase in water level.
In Solapur, there were 125 wells with decreased water levels in2013 while the figure has come down to 68. This means 47 observation wells in Solapur out of a total 161 have shown increase in water levels.