At Pune res­tau­rants, your glass of wa­ter will only be half-full

City's trade­mark fru­gal­ity to the fore

The Free Press Journal - - FRONT PAGE -

Move over, cut­ting chai, make way for 'cut­ting paani'. This is the thrifty mea­sure res­tau­rants in Pune are now adopt­ing, to con­serve wa­ter. Trust a city known for its fru­gal­ity to take such a step, in times of dis­tress. Since Pune City is brac­ing for se­vere wa­ter short­age, its res­i­dents are far from dis­pleased with such strin­gency.

The most pop­u­lar res­tau­rants, Vaishali, Ru­pali, Priya and Supriya, are only serv­ing their pa­trons a half glass of wa­ter per per­son, that too on re­quest. This mea­sure has been taken as the reser­voirs in Pune have gone dry and the Mutha canal wall col­lapse on Septem­ber 27.

Res­i­dents told The Free Press Jour­nal that they wel­come this move. "Yes, many ho­tels have adopted this mea­sure, it is a good move to con­serve wa­ter," said Cherly Tho­rat, a res­i­dent of Dhankawadi.

Some Punekars have blamed out­siders for wast­ing their wa­ter. "I thought it was be­cause of re­pair work by the wa­ter de­part­ment, but it is to save our wa­ter, and I feel, this is a good move.

Many peo­ple, es­pe­cially those com­ing from out­side Pune waste wa­ter. I wel­come this move," said Su­jata Sab­nis a res­i­dent of Kothrud. In In­dian res­tau­rants, it is the norm to serve full glasses of drink­ing wa­ter to pa­trons. How­ever, Pune restau­rant own­ers com­plain that many only drink half a glass of wa­ter, wast­ing the rest, as it must be thrown away af­ter pa­trons leave. Keep­ing this in mind, the restau­ra­teurs have de­cided they will not serve wa­ter un­til it is asked for and even then, only a half glass will be of­fered at a time. Pune gets 1,300 mld of wa­ter daily, from the Khadak­vasla dam. How­ever, this is the only wa­ter body that has stor­age in the cur­rent sce­nario and if this amount is con­sumed on a daily ba­sis, sup­ply will run out by sum­mer.

The Guardian Min­is­ter for Pune, Girish Ba­pat, has asked Punekars to use wa­ter spar­ingly in the next few months, oth­er­wise there will be no wa­ter from April to June in the city's reser­voirs.

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