PMC to improve stormwater systems in 23 merged areas

  • | Monday | 27th November, 2023

Pune: The civic administration has drafted a comprehensive plan to improve stormwater systems in 23 areas merged into the city limits in 2021.The move is aimed at reducing water logging and flooding in these areas. The merged areas are on the citys periphery and have been witnessing significant development in terms of new residential complexes and commercial activities.A consultancy firm will prepare a DPR in the next six months with focus on proper management of rainwater, protection of nullahs and synchronisation of drainage and stormwater systems.PMC officials said that a detailed study is vital in the backdrop of increasing instances of heavy spells, resulting in flash floods. The administration has gathered basic data and conducted preliminary surveys in 23 villages. Now, the DPR will include geological and topographic surveys of these areas, study of the road network and tracing of nullahs. An official said, We have initiated a process to appoint consultancy firms. In fact, the administration has called for tenders for the second time. The administration did not receive the expected response earlier. We expect to finalise the appointment by next month.The twenty three merged areas include Bavdhan, Sus, Mhalunge, Manjari, Wagholi, Khadakwasla, Narhe, Holkarwadi, Handewadi and parts of Sinhagad Road. Illegal constructions, encroachment, haphazardly developed roads are the main causes of flooding. Many nullahs in the merged areas have been encroached upon, said Narendra Bhatkar, a resident of Khadakwasla.Civic activists said that the DPR should also include the maintenance component for effective working of stormwater systems. Vikas Kate, an activist from Sus, said that the PMC should set up a system to monitor the implementation of DPR.Earlier reports in TOI have said that activists from the merged areas want the civic body to fix basic amenities in the fringe areas where housing has grown in the last few years. Drainage is among the various basic amenities, such as water supply and road infrastructure, needed for the newly merged areas. Even before the merger of the 23 villages, activists had urged the state government and PMC to draw up a comprehensive plan for stormwater drains.A TOI report in November 2022 had said that the civic administration will need around Rs1,500 crore for the extension of drainage network and laying of stormwater lines in the 23 areas merged with the PMC last year. Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had appointed an expert agency to conduct a survey of the newly merged areas and prepare a draft of the sewage network. Its preliminary report has suggested seven STPs and laying of drainage lines to meet the requirements, as the existing networks in these areas were proving insufficient. An estimate by the agency has pegged the expenses for the sewage network at Rs1,100 crore, while stormwater lines will require Rs400 crore.A PMC official had said the administration would explore various options to raise funds for such works.

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