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Seminar at MCCIA draws attention to groundwater dip and the need for conserving rainwater in Pune

Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 9:29am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: Even after the phenomenal rainfall last year, the groundwater level at 15 talukas of Pune district has depleted. According to experts, the only solution to improving groundwater levels is by recharging water. 

They stressed that merely restoring water wasn’t enough but must adopt rainwater harvesting methods. With the ever-growing population there may not be enough water for everyone. 
Experts from the fields of water restoration, industry and civic administration shared their views on the same at a seminar conducted by dna in association with Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA). Pune municipal commissioner Vikas Deshmukh, additional director of Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency (GSDA) Suresh Khandale, deputy director general of MCCIA Wg Cdr (Retd) Shalak Gandhi and Col (Retd) Shashikant Dalvi, director of Parjanya, a rainwater harvesting consultancy shared their views. 
During his presentation, Khandale said, “Approximately only 10 per cent of groundwater is recharged in rural areas and in urban areas this level dips due to concretisation. The study shows that 60 per cent of the region has hard basalt rock and only about four per cent of the water percolates. Therefore, rainwater harvesting is especially important in urban areas.” 
“The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board declared all four rivers supplying water to the city as ‘contaminated and unfit for use’ in their river survey report 2010. This left only the groundwater as an alternative,” said Col (retd) Shashikant Dalvi. 
Vikas Deshmukh said, “Along with saving water, there is a need for citizens to adopt rainwater harvesting and if they require help in following the process, PMC is ready to guide them.” 

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