Vital Pashan lake has gone from pristine to polluted | Pune News

Pune: The British-era Pashan lake, removed from being a sought-after bird-watching spot for many years, now has floating rubbish and hyacinth, and emanates a stench.
A comparability of the chemical and organic oxygen demand of the Katraj and Pashan lakes reveals that the latter with greater COD and BOD ranges is rather more sullied. Air pollution through the years has elevated on this lake, statistics within the Environmental Standing Report of the Pune Municipal Company point out.
Locals have complained that the PMC authorities spend crores of rupees yearly to scrub up the hyacinth. As a substitute, a water remedy plant would assist, they added.
The PMC officers blamed the drainage water flowing into the lake from the villages on the hillside of Bavdhan, Bhugaon and Bhukum. Since these areas haven’t been merged with the PMC, they’re unable to behave, they added.
Activist Sameer Uttarkar mentioned the yearly quantity spent to take away the hyacinth is a waste as all that cash will be put ahead for a everlasting answer.
“Yearly, some Rs 7 to eight crore is wasted within the cleansing of the lake or different initiatives associated to it. Crores had been additionally wasted by a corporator for so-called beautification work. However, if we’ve a sewage remedy plant uphill, the water flowing into Pashan lake shall be clear. It’ll be certain that Ramnadi, which then flows by way of Sutarwadi-Pashan-Someshwarwadi-Baner to lastly be part of the Mula river can also be clear. Cleaner water will appeal to extra migratory birds and your complete ecosystem shall be rejuvenated. However, short-sightedness of the administration is resulting in issues,” he added.
Assistant municipal commissioner Jaydeep Pawar of Aundh-Baner ward agreed that an STP was wanted. “There’s a notification to merge some villages upstream with the PMC limits. After the merger, a growth plan shall be drawn up which can notify amenity areas. It’ll even have an STP in order that Ramnadi water will not be polluted,” he mentioned.
PMC’s setting officer Mangesh Dighe mentioned the lake’s eco-restoration was finished in 2008-09. A compound wall was constructed, the embankment restoration was finished and greenery was restored.
“All of the jungle that one can see is man-made. We had, at the moment, taken up each Katraj and Pashan lake for restoration. Whereas Katraj lake was restored to be a vacationer spot, Pashan lake was not. We wished it to be away from human interplay. Lake desiltation was the most important work finished right here. We made an island contained in the lake on 13 acres from the silt. Plantation was finished on the island and this was such a reclusive house that migratory birds discovered a spot with no human exercise to reside and roost,” he mentioned.
Ramnadi originates in Bhukum village and flows into the lake and out of it until it meets Mula river.
The fast urbanisation on the outskirts of Pune, particularly within the uphill areas of the lake, is resulting in sewage within the lake.

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