PUNE: With the rising population of Pune district, which has almost crossed over 1.04 crore, Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) Chief Kiran Gitte on Wednesday met officials of the Water Resource Department and requested granting of 3 thousand million cubic feet (TMC ft) water to the Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR).
Gitte said the rising population will need that much water and to promote development, the needs have to be fulfilled. “We are promoting Smart City projects and a part of the Smart City includes addressing future needs,” added Gitte.
Speaking about consumption of water in Pune city, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar said the city has a requirement of 15 TMC ft water annually. “There is a need for water management to be brought into picture. We need to save leakage of water which is a need for the future,” he added.
Gitte and Kumar were present for an interaction at Patrakar Bhavan on Thursday. Gitte said the Pune Metropolitan Region is about 7,300 sq km area. The region includes areas like Hinjawadi and Wagholi which have constantly demanded clean water. Gitte said the economics of water requirement can be managed and the government has a plan for it which will be executed.
An official from the Irrigation Department said the decision will have to be taken at the government level. “The need of the hour is to regulate water supply and then only we can afford to provide water to PMRDA,” added the official.