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To cope with increasing water problems, Vishwabharti Colony corporator Sadhana Suradkar has proposed that the 'Shirpur pattern', in which run off rainwater is obstructed in nullahs, be implemented by Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) states a Times of India report.

She has proposed that small obstruction walls be built on the 11 nullahs running through the city to conserve rainwater. These connect to the two main nullahs which flow out into the river.

She has suggested that the nullahs should be completely desilted and the height of their protection walls be raised. Once implemented, the collected water would raise groundwater level in the city. This water can be used to meet the non-drinking purposes like maintenance of gardens, construction work. It would thereby make available up to 50% additional water for drinking.

Currently, water received from the Jayakwadi dam, meant largely for drinking purposes, is used to meet all needs.

"The government needs to take a serious call. Every year crores are spent on water conservation work but the result is zero. Summer comes, and the tankers are pressed into service," said Suradkar, adding, "Hence, to overcome this grave problem I tabled this proposal in the recent general body meeting."

At Shirpur in Dhule district, geologist Suresh Khanapurkar has successfully introduced this technique which includes widening and deepening the existing nullahs and laying small walls at every 400 metres. The idea worked as the water falling from a certain height automatically created pressure on the ground below and led to recharging of underground aquifers. The tube wells in the region are now full of water and the area does not face water crisis during summer.

Asked about the proposal, Suresh Khanapurkar, said, "This would be a positive move since it would help generate water which can be used for other purposes and would curb wastage. The project which I launched in Shirpur taluka eight years back has proved a tremendous success and since then the taluka is not facing any water problem."

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