(Last Updated on : 23/05/2015)
The Pavna River is situated in the west of Maharashtra
state, in the Pune District
. The river is a notable river crossing the Pune
city and divides Pune City and Pimpri-Chinchwad area. The Pavna River is one of the important sources of water in the region. The river originates south of Lonavala from the Western Ghats
, flows a total of nearly 60 km to meet the Mula River
in Pune. The Pavna River is also called "Pavana River".
Course of Pavna River
Pavana River originates from the Western Ghats, about 6 km south of Lonavala. It is a tributary of Bhima River
and merges in the Mula River in Pune city. Flowing eastwards initially, it becomes southbound and passes through the suburbs of Dehu
, Chinchwad, Pimpri and Dapodi before its confluence with the Mula river near Sangvi. A dam is built on this river at Pavana Nagar called as the "Pavana Nagar Dam".
Pavana Nagar Dam
An earthfill gravity dam forms the Pavana reservoir. The dam, constructed in 1972, is 1,329 m (4,360 ft) long and 42.37 m (139.0 ft) high, with a gross storage capacity of 30,500.00 km3 (7,317.34 cu mi). The Pavana Nagar Dam is built with a purpose to provide sufficient water to the nearby localities. It is the main source of water in the region.
Pavana Nagar Dam is one such place of immense importance as a tourist spot. The place is blessed with consummate natural beauty that attracts the tired city souls. The dam and the lake brought into existence due to the dam are earning a wide popularity as perfect spots for a small trip. Lots of tourists visit this Pavana Nagar Dam to view the scenic, natural beauty and its greenery surroundings.
Pollution in Pavna River
The Pavna River is reported to be severely polluted, causing the civic activists to blame the governing body for not taking appropriate steps to limit the degradation. The accumulation of silt and discharge of untreated industrial waste are the major factors of pollution of the river, and has made the river water unusable. Several projects were taken up by the Government to save the river from pollution, but due to lack of proper maintenance, the pollution level has hardly improved.