Inauguration of the Groundwater Recharge Structure on Race Course Road
Ground water availability in general is dwindling in Rajkot due to increased pumping for various purposes, particularly in the western part of the city. As a result, citizens are resorting to deeper borewells, tapping the deeper aquifer, which is not desirable. Ground water quality issues have also been observed in the eastern part of the city. At the same time, many areas of the city get flooded during the rainy season, impacting life in the city.
Ground water recharge systems, in combination with improvements to the storm water drainage system, have the potential to improve ground water availability and drain off excess rain water, thereby avoiding localized flooding. Improving availability of local water resources would also reduce the need for pumping water over large distances, thereby also resulting in a reduction of GHG emissions from electricity use.
Ms. Marylaure Crettaz, Head of SDC in India, Ms. Binaben Acharya, Mayor of the RMC and Mr. Banchinidhi Pani, Commissioner of the RMC, inaugurated the ground water recharge system with a traditional ceremony, on the Race Course Road where two bore wells, 5 feet apart and 200 feet deep, have been constructed. It is one of the five locations that have been identified for implementing a mix of measures, including ground water recharge