The decks have been cleared for the much-awaited drainage pipeline project at the Nanasaheb Peshwe lake, popularly known as Katraj lake. The groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held recently in the presence of Pune MP Girish Bapat and Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar. Work on the pipeline, estimated to cost Rs10 crore, will begin after the monsoon.
Once laid, the pipeline will prevent sewage from being released into the lake from upstream areas like Gujarwadi, Mangdewadi and Bhilarewadi. The new pipeline will carry the sewage directly to the main drainage line in the Katraj area. The residents had for long been complaining of the mosquito menace fostered by the unclean lake water.
Manisha Kadam, the local corporator who had been following up the issue, last year submitted a proposal before the civic administration to lay a drainage pipeline. The proposal was approved by the civic general body. “Later, the tenders were floated and now, all the administrative work has been done. The actual work will most probably begin after monsoon,” Kadam said.
She said Gujarwadi, Mangdewade and Bhilarewadi are governed by gram panchayats and do not have their own system to tackle sewage. “The drain flows into the Katraj lake, severely deteriorating the quality of the water. It poses a major threat to the environment in the surrounding areas,” Kadam further said.