5,000 forest ponds to be constructed in Thane

The water bodies will be constructed in order to meet with the drinking water and irrigation needs for the nearby villages. The work for the project has started from October 2

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In the next three months, people from Thane district will be receiving adequate water as nearly 5,000 forest ponds are being constructed to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs, an official said on Sunday. Zilla Parishad’s chief executive officer Hiralal Sonawane said that the work for the same had already begun on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The construction of these reservoirs in the forest areas will help the underground water levels which will in turn improve the water supply in the areas by lasting longer.

Talking about the same, he said, "The Zilla Parishad will be constructing 5,000 forest ponds across the district in the next three months. This will be a gift to farmers to carry out proper cultivation of vegetables in the district. This will help in growing vegetables, cereals and other Rabi crops in large quantities and also provide water for drinking and washing purposes.”

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In the meantime, it is expected that the new water bodies will contribute to reducing the need for tanker water supply in summers, he added.

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