Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has announced that residents of Lohegaon and Tingre Nagar will continue to face water supply cuts till the onset of monsoon. PMC’s Water supply Department officials made the statement while responding to queries raised by corporators in the General Body meeting held on Monday.
BJP corporator Bapu Karne raised the issue during the meeting. He diverted attention of the administration to the ongoing water issue in the meeting and asked why residents of Lohegaon area are getting drinking water after 15 days.
Sunil Tingre, NCP corporator from Tingre Nagar, said, “Water supply is a major problem in our area. The corporation is not providing adequate and regular water supply to our area.”
Avinash Bagwe, senior Congress corporator, said, “People are using drinking water for construction work in Lohegaon and adjacent areas. Private tankers are providing drinking water to developers.”
Responding to this, VG Kulkarni, Chief Superintendent of PMC’s Water Supply Department, said, “The eastern part of the city will get adequate and regular water supply after completion of the Bhama-Askhed project. However, it will be completed in May 2019. Till then, they will continue to face problems due to water scarcity. We are trying our best to supply water to the eastern part of the city.”
He further added, “In addition to this, Maharashtra State Electrical Distribution Company Limited’s (MSEDCL) maintenance work has also hampered water supply of the city. We have written to them about that. However, they need to complete this work ahead of the monsoon season. Therefore, the city will face water problems.”
Three corporators disappointed with their own parties
Three corporators from two different parties expressed disappointment over their party’s approach towards them. BJP corporators Bapu Karne and Amol Balwadkar and NCP’s Aarti Babar registered displeasure over the working of their own party.
Babar, corporator from Kondhwa, said, “I am fed up with the party’s activities. So, I have given my resignation from the Woman and Child Welfare Committee. If the party does not change its ways, I shall have to take another step. I won the election from the southern part of the city, but, each time, the party has not done justice towards me.”
Karne offered to resign over the water issue. He said, “If people are not getting drinking water, it is a very shameful matter and I have to do something for them as the administration and the party have so far failed to address this issue.”
Amol Balwadekar said, “I have submitted several letters highlighting citizens’ issues to the Additional Municipal Commissioner. However, despite being a corporator of the ruling party, these issues are not being addressed. The administration has never approached us in order to solve them. I am fed up with this indifference.”