Water availability at hills top.
On Hanuman Tekdi , municipal water was available only at bottom of the hill on both sides. That is in the Symbosis institute's compound beside Ambedkar museum and on other side in the Furgusson college compound. Initially Green Hills Group tried to get permanent water connection of Pune Municipal Corporation with the help of local corporater . Pipeline was sanctioned and connection came upto certain point where it required to pass through a private bungalow in society near the hill. The owner of the bungalow and chairman of society objected to taking the water pipeline through the bungalow.
They explained that this is one of the few hills in Pune where there is no slum huts. The moment there is a water connection for plantation, the hill will get covered with slum in no time. There will be no place to plant. Our group agreed and started looking for alternatives.
Taking water from bottom of hill in sufficient quantity to the hill top was very laborious task , limiting number of plants you can grow. But many devotees who use to go to hanuman temple daily helped us . They used to take small two litters plastic cans while climbing the hill. It was very heartening experience. Later , Pramod Ekbote from Pune corporation's fire brigade office helped in getting water tanker from fire brigade. Slowly we constructed more tanks to store water on the hill.
Now we are at better position. We constructed trenches on the hill to direct the flow of water into a natural stone mine. The rain water gets collected in the stone mine below the hill. We constructed 8 concrete water tanks and two syntax tanks on the hill. With the help of Honda kerosene driven pump we bring the rain water to the ten tanks spread across the hill. We have now around 1.5 Lack (150000) litters of water capacity on the hill. This covers our water requirement from October (post mansoon) till March. We still need water from water tanker (not rain water) for the peak summer season.
Last year (after 2007 Monsoon ) we had a bad experience. The water level in the quarry started coming down. This might be due to draining of water from a big construction site half kilometers from the quarry. We managed to pump most of the water into concrete tanks quickly. But water will not last till summer. We are quite confident of overcoming this problem. We are also praying that it does not repeat next year.
On Chatursungi hill , Tata motors and Maharashtra bank had donated two syntax tanks. We have constructed two concrete tanks on the hill. We fill the tanks with private water tanker every month. We have total around 20000 litters of water storage capacity available on the hill. One of the concrete tank is leaking. Now we have bought around twenty five 200 litters tin drums. We collect water from syntax tank to the tin drums and with the help of 2 to five litters plastic cans we water the plants.
Recently we layed 700 feet Reliance Pipe on Chatushrungi hills to fill the concrete tank on the corner of the hill. We also constructed two small stone wells to house two Plastic Moulded tank. This will enable us to fill the water with any tanker without having provision of water pump. With the help of a Dewale Mali (who also maintains univercity garden) and two labours we dug the soil around the plants. Now plants are looking healthy.