Pune: It seems the work on the ambitious 24x7 water supply project has been delayed by almost seven months. According to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the work on the project will not begin before Diwali, as it has been delayed due to non-availability of land for overhead water tanks and prolonged door-to-door survey. The work was supposed to begin in March this year.
It may be recalled that in February, the then municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar had announced that work on 24x7 water supply project would start within a month at the time of sanctioning project tenders. However, while speaking to Sakal Times, VG Kulkarni, Chief Superintendent of Water Supply Project, said, “The actual work will only begin after Diwali. Right now, the company has started a door-to-door survey for the project, which includes granting water connections to each individual household vis a vis number of family members staying in it. Corporation has given six months period to complete the survey and after that, the company will begin the work.”
Nandkumar Jagtap, Superintendent of Water Supply Department and Co-ordinator of the project, said, “Under the project, the corporation has proposed 82 overhead tanks in different parts of the city. Out of this, land acquisition for 25 tanks didn’t materialise while land acquisition for remaining tanks is in progress. Yerawada, Lohegaon, Kharadi, Chandan Nagar and Shivajinagar are some of the areas where the corporation is not getting land. The corporation had set a deadline of March 2019 for completion of overhead water tanks.”
Jagtap added that one overhead tank requires around 20,000 square feet of land and it takes around eight months to construct a single overhand tank. The company has already procured and placed 250 km length of pipes in the storeroom. “To avoid duplication of work, corporation handed over the record of replacement of pipelines to contractors of the 24x7 project,” Jagtap added.
24x7 water supply project
The project cost is Rs 2,550 crore
Deadline is 3 years from the date of starting work
1,600 km of pipelines will be replaced
50 per cent pipelines are of 150 mm diameter
The Pilot project
In the 1st year, the pilot project will be implemented in Katraj, Sahakar Nagar, Yerawada, Taljai and Viman Nagar.