From the ISKCON temple NVCC, we headed towards our final destination which was the Pashan Lake. We were a bit sad that our trip had come to an end but felt happy that we would finally be heading towards our respective homes.
It is the name of a beautifully crafted manmade lake located on the outskirts of Pashan which is at a distance of around 12 km from the center of Pune. It came into existence in 1990 with an aim of taking care of the water requirements of the people living in this part of the world.
The lake derives water from Ram Nadi which is a small rivulet controlled by means of a barrage located on the northern side of the lake.
It is spread over a total area of 40 sq. km and accounts for the water requirements of the Pashan village as well as the Governor’s residence. One of the locals told us that the developments near the lake in recent years have resulted in degradation in the quality of water due to which it has become unsuitable for drinking.
In fact, it was in 1998 that the Pune Municipal Corporation had prohibited the locals from drinking water from this lake. One of the key features of the lake is that it attracts a wide range of migratory birds and is often frequented by bird watchers from different parts of the country.
There is a 300 m long footpath beside the lake called the Natural Trail. In order to protect the lake from the influence of humans and keep it secured for migratory birds, the Pune Municipal Corporation has established a plantation made of bamboo.
The deforestation of the hills has resulted in deposition of heavy silt which in turn has reduced the lake’s depth to a great extent. We felt a bit sad at the present state of the lake. A large portion of the water was covered with ipomea weed which is famous for prohibiting plant growth.
We could also spot many people washing their trucks thereby adding dirt, petrol and oil to the sewage. According to reports, the water, if cleaned properly, can be used for feeding 40,000 people without any major expenses.