PUNE: The appeal of around 5,000 households of Bijli Nagar, Walhekarwadi, Pradhikaran and Chinchwad Nagar of Akurdi area regarding low-pressure water supply for over a month now seems to be falling on deaf ears. Neither the local corporators nor the civic authorities seem to have found a solution to it.
Sakal Times reporter visited the areas and spoke to the residents. The residents claimed that the local corporator came to the spot after 15 days of continuous hardships. They assured that the water would be provided with adequate pressure, but nothing has happened so far.
The residents now depend on water tankers for their needs. Fiyaz Khan, a resident of Aaga colony at Walhekarwadi, Akurdi, said, “We have been ordering water tankers from last 15 days. The capacity of each tanker is 5,000 litres and we are paying Rs 700 for each tanker. Till now, collectively all the households from these affected areas must have ordered 10 to 15 water tankers.”
Another resident, Umakant Sonavne of Utkarsh colony of Pradhikaran, said, “We used to buy drinking water bottles from shops, and make less use of water. After almost 15 days of struggling with the inadequate water supply, the corporators visited the area but the condition has not changed. Even after paying water tax, we are getting insufficient water supply.”
Vijay Patil, a resident of Swaraj Colony of Bijli Nagar in Akurdi, said, “There are three water tanks with a capacity of 22 lakh litre and it supplies water to Bijli Nagar, Walhekarwadi, Pradhikaran and Chinchwad Nagar. But these tanks, pipes, valves, motor and several other utilities are 20 to 25 years old. It has become rusty and needs to be changed. It has been a month now that we are not getting sufficient drinking water as the pressure is low. The water timing is from 4 pm to 6 pm. But now the water supply is hardly for 20 minutes and not even two buckets of drinking water gets filled.”