After MahaMetro implemented the idea of tapping rainwater at its stations in Nagpur, city’s skating instructor Rohit Deshpande has now proposed to store rainwater from footpaths and roads.
Though the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has welcomed the proposal, the civic body says it cannot implement it mainly because the city has only 960km of stormwater network along roads and in many areas sewage lines have been connected to the network.
Deshpande stated in a letter to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, district guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and mayor Nanda Jichkar, “An enormous quantity of rainwater falls on streets and roads, which constitutes a huge catchment area in Nagpur city.”
Citing example of Bengaluru, Deshpande said that the groundwater level in a few areas of the metropolitan has plummeted to such levels that one needs to dig 1,700ft to get water in a borewell. “Now, Bengaluru has taken a major rainwater harvesting (RWH) initiative. Even Ballarpur town in Chandrapur district has started implementing RWH through footpaths and roads,” he said.
“Before Nagpur city reaches a point of no return in terms of water scarcity, active involvement of not only government organizations but also citizens is needed to recharge the groundwater table,” he said.He also urged the authorities to install RWH system at city’s flyovers and railway overbridges. “There are about 20 flyovers and railway overbridges in Nagpur and none has RWH mechanism,” he said.