The lakes of Pashan, Jambhulwadi and Katraj face issues regarding garbage disposal and unorganised sewage. Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) spends 50 lakh per year to remove hyacinth.
The PMC along with the estimates committee of the civic body have decided to beautify 3 lakes located at Pashan, Jambhulwadi and Katraj to increase the water capacity of lakes and to solve issues surrounding the lakes with a budget of Rs.20 crore.
The project has proposed planting trees throughout the lake area, laying off concrete paths, proper disposal of garbage, and constructing jogging tracks around the lake and strict actions will be taken against those dumping waste near the lakes.
Due to the drainage contaminating water, PMC has taken steps to overcome this issue. In 2017, PMC created a suitable drainage system for untreated water that enters Katraj Lake to preserve Flora and Fauna. Moreover, PMC is currently constructing a sewage treatment plant with a capacity of two million litres per day. In addition, the Union Government has approved the first phase of Atal Mission For Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)which will contribute to desilting the lakes.
This initiative will not only make Pune city a clean and green city but also a beautiful and pollution-free city to live in. With decreasing air quality, such projects will help to maintain the balance and keep the city peaceful.