‘Catchment areas to get bamboo plantations’

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Pune: City MP Anil Shirole said that in order to increase the water holding capacity and prevent soil erosion, bamboo plantation will be undertaken in the catchment areas of the four dams supplying drinking water to Pune. He was speaking to the press in the backdrop of the upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament, which starts from July 17.

Pune: City MP Anil Shirole said that in order to increase the water holding capacity and prevent soil erosion, bamboo plantation will be undertaken in the catchment areas of the four dams supplying drinking water to Pune. He was speaking to the press in the backdrop of the upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament, which starts from July 17.

There are four dams, namely Khadakwasla, Varasgaon, Panshet and Temghar, supplying drinking water to Pune, Indapur, Daund talukas and some parts of Baramati taluka. Also, there are vast catchment areas of these four dams and during monsoon, a lot of soil is flushed away and gets collected in the dams.

Sometimes, the heavy rain creates a flood-like situation because of lack of trees, which help to hold water and soil. Hence, this time, the government has decided to undertake bamboo plantation.
“This bamboo plantation will be a part of the ongoing four crore tree plantation drive,” Shirole said.

Talking about improving the traffic condition in Pune, he said that with the help of the Union Ministry of Road Transport, all the accident spots on Pune roads will be repaired. Recently, a meeting of Pune Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar and Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla, under the guidance of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, was held, during which Gadkari promised to help Pune,” Shirole said. The spots will be repaired to prevent further accidents, he said.

He also said that the much-awaited work of Hinjewadi-Pune road will start from October, as all the necessary procedures for initiating the work of this road will be completed in the next couple of months. “The new road will pass through Baner, Balewadi, Mhalunge and Maan,” he further said.

He also talked about solving the problem of garbage of the city, and said that by 2017 end, the garbage disposal problem will be solved completely.

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