Pune: The Central Railway (CR) has installed 165 rainwater harvesting units at various stations including officers’ quarters and yards recently. The units will be placed at Ghorpadi, Shivajinagar, Hadapsar and Miraj under the Pune railway division soon.
Manoj Kumar Jhawar, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Pune railway division, said, “The unit to be placed at Ghorpadi railway yard, Shivajinagar station, Hadapsar and Miraj will be installed soon. The smaller stations that were built recently too can get these units installed as one such unit has already been set up at Wathar.”
According to officials, Central Railway have initiated work towards setting up rainwater harvesting units at its offices, residential quarters, railway stations along with other premises such as hospitals and workshops to cope up with the shortage of water during summer.
Officials said the units have already been set up at railway colonies in Talegaon, Baramati, Karad and Masur. Soon, the work will commence in five other buildings.
Officials said that the focus is to establish the systems at colonies, hospitals and offices as due to lack of space and large roof areas in station premises, a majority of stations are found to be unsuitable for rainwater harvesting installations.
Officials said that due to rapid urbanisation, there has been a drastic drop in percolation of rainwater into subsoil which has diminished the groundwater reserve, leading to a shortage of water during summer. With the installation of rainwater harvesting systems wherever it is feasible, the railways are trying to meet its water needs during the dry season.
At Ghorpadi, two systems with a rooftop area of 200 square metres and 1,500 square metres will be exploited using a ‘recharge pit method’. At Shivajinagar’s staff quarters, two systems with a roof area of 270 square metres and 360 square metres will come up. At Hadapsar and Karad, two systems with a roof area of 270 square metres and 1.525 square metres using recharging borewell system will be installed.
“Apart from these, similar installations at other locations will be done considering the availability of land and suitability of the locations,” said Jhawar.