Civic body GB clears 24x7 water project

Sakal Times
Friday, 9 June 2017

The total project cost of the 24x7 water project is Rs 3,300 crore and out of this, the PMC is getting almost Rs 500 crore from the AMRUT and Smart City scheme

Pune: Finally, the decks have been cleared for implementing the ambitious scheme of round the clock water supply, as the general body of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Wednesday approved the proposal of raising the funds through municipal bonds. However, the municipal commissioner’s plan to push the optical fibre cable line proposal worth Rs 225 crore received a setback as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not approve the optical fibre proposal.

The total project cost of the 24x7 water project is Rs 3,300 crore and out of this, the PMC is getting almost Rs 500 crore from the AMRUT and Smart City scheme, while the PMC is planning to fund Rs 500 crore and raise the remaining Rs 2,300 crore through bonds, for which it needed the crucial nod of the general body of the PMC. This is for the first time that the PMC is issuing municipal bonds for raising funds for any development project.
When the proposal was tabled in the general body for discussion, all opposition parties raised their voice against raising the funds by taking a loan and demanded that the funds should be provided by the State and the Centre instead of making the PMC debt-ridden.

The round the clock water project will help the citizens of Pune to get water at high pressure and they will have to pay according to their consumption of water.

However, senior BJP member Gopal Chintal usurped the opportunity in the general body to lambast Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar and raised doubts over his pushing the laying of optical fiber cable project, worth Rs 225 crore in the name of the water project. Chintal also raised doubts over why Kumar is pushing the optical fibre project when the crucial estimate committee of the PMC denied its nod for the project.

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