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Pune among cities that overuse water: Madhav Chitale

Residents consume around 200-250 litres per person, which is almost double the standard usage, the expert on water issues said. 

pune Updated: May 17, 2018 16:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Madhav Chitale,Pune,Pune Municipal Corporation
Stockholm Water Prize 1993 winner Madhav Chitale underlines the need for socio-economic development along with urban planning.(RAHUL RAUT/HT)

PUNE As per water consumption norms for urban citizens - around 100-135 litres per person - it has been accepted that Pune is among cities that overuse of water. Citizens of Pune consume around 200-250 litres per person, which is almost double the standard usage,” Madhav Chitale, an expert on water issues, said on Wednesday.

Chitale, who received the Stockholm Water Prize in 1993, was speaking at the Vasant Vyakhyanmala lecture series at the Tilak Smarak Mandir.

Last week, Girish Mahajan, state minister for water resources, also criticised the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for using more than its prescribed quota of water from the Khadakwasla dam.

“A few generations back, the old wadas in Pune would have their own wells. From having natural water at the doorstep, we have come a long way to processed tap water. Our speed of urban development is tremendous, but we haven’t worked on our socio-economic responsibilities.

“While coming to Pune, I saw the polluted water at Sangam bridge and it gave me shivers with the thought that this is going to reach several village down the line and is going to affect the population. We need to think on this line and must act like responsible citizens,” Chitale said.

Chitale gave the example of Jamshedpur and Malkapur in Satara district for effective use of water.

“Malkapur’s 24x7 water supply project is the first public sector initiative to ensure safe water provision to an entire town and check inequalities in water distribution. They have reduced the consumption of water by nearly 30 per cent. Other cities should also follow their system,” Chitale said.

He also stressed that the Smart Cities plan should include a water audit, processing of sanitisation and industrial waste and recycling of water.

“Our municipal corporations do not have adequate mechanisms to segregate garbage. Most of the municipal councils do not have solid waste management mechanism and hence, all sewage flows through the rivers and pollute it. A similar case happened in Delhi, when chemicals from waste material contaminated the ground water resulting in a jaundice epidemic,” he said.

First Published: May 17, 2018 16:30 IST