Pune station uses 18.57 lakh litres drinking water per day
The Pune Railway Junction consumes 18.57 lakh litres drinking water every day which it gets from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). In 2018, the Railway paid Rs 413 lakh water bill to the PMC.
Pune: The Pune Railway Junction consumes 18.57 lakh litres drinking water every day which it gets from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). In 2018, the Railway paid Rs 413 lakh water bill to the PMC.
As per the information provided by the Pune Railway Division, the water is essential for the Railways as it is used by passengers, for cleaning and for the residents of its colony.
The consumption of water is increasing every day due to washing of trains, tracks, platforms and providing drinking water to passengers. The Railway has already set up a treatment plant and water harvesting plant to bring down water procurement. The water is being stored in water tanks.
“The PMC provides drinking water to the Railway and we have stored it in the water tank. The water is supplied through the pipeline to Railway Colony, Ghorpadi Railway Yard and Colony, all platforms and Divisional Railway Office. Every day, we get 18.57 lakh litres from the PMC,” said Acting Public Relations Officer Sanjay Kumar.
He said the Railway has already developed its own water recycling system. “Water is used to wash the railway tracks, platforms, trains and coach, and fill up water tanks in coaches for the journey. This water comes from borewell and after washing tracks and coaches, it is collected in our system which is filtered twice and then reused.
“We have set up aerator in washrooms, which helps to save more water,” said Sanjay Kumar.
The Railway also faces water crisis when there is no supply from the PMC across the city. The stored water is used for drinking and then supply from PMC water tankers is used.
Around 2.5 lakh persons visit Pune Railway Junction every day, including those who accompany passengers.