Technical oversight leads to pure water loss from lake Pichola to sewer manhole

Technical oversight leads to pure water loss from lake Pichola to sewer manhole

This accounts to significant loss of valuable freshwater resources and potential health concerns associated with this mishap

 
PICHOLA LAKE

In a concerning development, the pristine waters of Lake Pichola are being wasted as they flow into a sealed sewerage manhole. This unfortunate situation is a result of technical negligence in previous work carried out by the Smart City Company. The incident involves the continuous flow of lake water through a sewer line, originating from Bari Ghat of Lake Pichola, for a full 24 hours. The issue has gained attention due to the revelation that during the initial phase, the then Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Vasudev Malavat, had instructed engineers to rectify the situation. However, these directives were regrettably overlooked by the officers responsible.

Local authorities are urged to swiftly address this situation, taking into account the significant loss of valuable freshwater resources and potential health concerns associated with this mishap. The incident underscores the importance of meticulous oversight in infrastructural projects to prevent such incidents from recurring in the future.

How to prevent it?

Previously, the sewer line ran from within the lake. This line was disconnected, and a new line was installed along the main road outside. This new line connected the sewage system to the pump house at Chandpole parking. The lake water is now confined within a closed pipeline inside the lake. This water is then carried along with the sewage through the Brahmpole sewerage line. The only remaining task is to block the pathway through which the water is flowing.

The Lake Development Authority has expressed concerns regarding the current situation. Tej Shankar Paliwal, a former member of the authority, points out that a significant amount of water, amounting to lakhs of liters, is being wasted. He mentions that approximately four months ago, the then Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation had proposed the closure of the pathway for water from the enclosed pipeline within the lake. Paliwal emphasizes that it is the responsibility of the officials from the Smart City Company to address this issue, but unfortunately, there has been no response or action taken so far.

Deputy Mayor Paras Singhvi recently conducted a site visit and provided assurance that appropriate measures will be taken to halt the water flow from the lake. He mentioned involving the members of the Smart City Company in this effort and also stated his intention to involve the mayor in the resolution process.

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