Pune: The Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence (CoE), a joint research initiative of Mahindra Lifespaces® and The Energy and Resources Institute, has launched a report on the water systems and potential water challenges in Pune Metropolitan Region. The report was launched at a virtual event featuring a panel discussion with Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni, Head, Advanced Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM); Mr. Ravindra Sinha, Mission Groundwater; Mr. Amar Tendulkar, Chief of Design and Sustainability, Mahindra Lifespaces; Ms. Rachna Nagannawar, Architect, Founder and Head, Biophilic Designers; and Mr. Sandeep Sonigra, Co-Founder, Orange County Group, Pune.
The report follows a unique, integrated, ‘One Water’ methodology that incorporates multiple aspects of water systems – such as stormwater, wastewater and water supply networks – to recommend best practices for holistic urban water management. It also highlights the potential water risks faced by Pune City Taluka and the Pimpri Chinchwad City Taluka, including those associated with water sources, governance, infrastructure, and demand & supply.
Speaking at the launch of the report, Amit Pal, Chief Project Officer, Mahindra Happinest® * said, “Water is one of the most precious natural sources and is critical for the environmental sustainability of urban human settlements. As a pioneer of green homes and developments across India, Mahindra Lifespaces® is committed to a collaborative and research-driven approach towards sustainable urban lifestyles and practices. We hope this assessment report will enhance awareness of Pune’s present and future water challenges across stakeholder communities; and strengthen action to achieve water sustainability in the city.”
Sanjay Seth, Senior Director, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said, “’Water Sustainability Assessment of Pune’ is a first-of-its-kind of study for a city conducted jointly by Mahindra Lifespaces® and The Energy and Resources Institute as a part of Mahindra-TERI Centre of Excellence. The report focuses on macro-level analysis of water management at the city level along with a micro-level analysis of water use in residential housing townships. As an outcome of the study, ‘Guidelines for Demand Side Water Use for Residential Townships’ would be further developed for the benefit of consumers.”