43 villages in Pune district show severe groundwater loss
In Pune district, groundwater depletion was recorded in Ambegaon and Indapur tehsils where 78 villages are affected; followed by Shirur, where 63 villages are experiencing a depletion; 49 villages in Baramati and 48 villages from the Velhe tehsil are also in the depletion categoryUpdated: May 06, 2019 15:05 IST
The groundwater table in 43 villages in Pune district has fallen by at least three metres, according to the annual report of the state’s groundwater surveys and development agency (GSDA).
The GSDA report identifies a fall by three metres or more in the groundwater level as a “severe” water situation.
These 43 villages are spread across seven out of 14 tehsils of in the district, where the ground water levels have fallen by between one metre to three metres.
In Pune district, groundwater depletion was recorded in Ambegaon and Indapur tehsils where 78 villages are affected; followed by Shirur, where 63 villages are experiencing a depletion; 49 villages in Baramati and 48 villages from the Velhe tehsil are also in the depletion category.
As per GSDA, all these tehsils suffered a rainfall deficit of at least 20 per cent in the monsoon last year (2018).
As per the report, groundwater depletion in Maharashtra is the most widespread in Marathwada, with 72 tehsils reporting a drop of at least a metre in levels. This is followed by Amravati (55 tehsils) and Nashik (52 tehsils).
“These are the latest findings of the state groundwater surveys and development agency (GSDA) which conducted the annual review of ground water levels in the state as of March,” said II Shah, additional director, GSDA.
“Not only does the depleting groundwater level put at risk the water security of particular region, it also has an adverse ecological impact,” said DM More, secretary, Maharashtra Irrigation Commission, adding, “Groundwater depletion affects soil erosion, which directly affects agricultural productivity.”
According to the state water resources department, Pune region has only 20.34 per cent of ‘live’ water stock in a total 726 dams as of May 5,2019, as against 37.11 per cent on May 5, 2018.
According to the department of water supply and sanitation, government of Maharashtra, the Pune district administration has deployed 715 water tankers daily for supply of drinking water in the district as of April 26,2019.
First Published: May 06, 2019 15:05 IST