I think the great writer should have been born here as the words are so much to be not only just read but adopted! Not many years back when ever the question was asked what back bone of Pune’s growth is, many would have answered its ample water availabilty, with more than five dams serving one city! Think how lucky the city must have been. For people like me who come from Vidarbha where water is the rarest commodity Pune was like heaven with 24 hours water supply. Still today in my town the water supplies in winters why just summers is half hour a day! Water is one thing which makes all segments of society to come on one platform as you may be a millionaire but still you need the same quantity of water which a labor will require for your basic needs!
Few years back I was attending a seminar in Delhi & Israeli high Commissioner was inaugurating the same, he said I don’t understand why India considers herself a poor country when she has so much of water? Many a must have considered it a joke then, but look at the scene now! On one side we are becoming wealthy with all the IT, Education, Auto industries & on other side every one of us is having problem in getting enough water for our life style! What it indicates? Few years back we have same dams, same rainfall & there wasn’t any problem about the water supply to the city but suddenly come summer & the only subject which is surrounding us is Water! We indeed are a funny city; we keep changing literally even on fronts of our problems! Some time its traffic then its public toilets for ladies then its road condition in rains & even flooding & now its water. One problem makes us forget other & the cycle continues through out the year.
One will ask what this have to do with real estate is. Well this is most important aspect of real estate, the water! As I mentioned earlier rainfall is same, dams are same then what’s problem? Well it’s the population as well the city spread which is growing. Now here most will say what’s new in that we all know it! Here will like to share a Zen story...
One day a wealthy person asked a Zen monk “What’s secret of happy life?". The Monk said “Sleep when you are sleepy & eat when you are hungry". The wealthy person said what’s so great about it, even a five year boy can tell this! The monk smiled & replied even a five year boy can tell this but even a hundred year old cant achieve it! The zest is understanding our own needs & acting according to them. And this is what we are missing in our city! We just crave about the problem but never respond to them. Each year in summer there are talks about who took whose water & blame game & comparison between PMC/PCMC & news in all media with snaps of tankers as well long queues for water, that's all. The 2/3 months of summer gets over & so is the topic, again we all enjoy the water which rain god gives us & get ready for next summer! There are many shades being given to this issue & these shades also depends up on the present condition mostly political & never technical. Like now its being discussed that because of elections the water has been spent generously & after election this caused shortage. There are even blames of diverting city water to some particular projects around the city! Common man gets confused as usual with all this & the mind gets diverted from actual problem.
Let’s accept the city is growing & what we are doing about it? Go through the advertises of any new project & it displays 24 hour water supply as a main focus. Well good thing for advertising but how & is it worth? Giving 24 hour water is one thing but using it 24 hours can lead to wastage is what we forget. And any good facility is a responsibility too so having water in ample is our responsibility & we only have to conserve it properly, who is going to remind this to the flat buyers? The local bodies too show immatureness at such times reacting in haste. For eg there was a news that PMC has stopped giving water to new constructions? Does that going to stop new constructions? There are bore well, tanker supply as once a permission to build is given doesn’t it our responsibility to give them water? There are thousands of labors working on sites, from where they will get water to drink & for their daily needs? Or else stop giving permissions to new construction! Truth is we want the cake to be remained as it is & eat it too! And then for whom these new buildings are coming up? Surely the developer is not going to occupy all the flats by himself? It’s the citizen of this very city who needs these homes too!
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