Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) road department has decided to stop all road digging work from May 15 till the monsoon season is over. Every year, private companies dig roads to lay cables till the first week of June. However, the road department will now ask them to stop digging work in May this year, as a precautionary measure so that they can complete repairing of potholes before the monsoon.
Normally, the PMC permits these companies to lay underground cables every year before and after the monsoon. As per the PMC directive, these companies have to stop laying cables from May 31 to September 1. The new digging period starts from October 1 to May 31.
Aniruddha Pawaskar, acting chief superintendent of road department, said, “Every year, contractors delay digging work and people suffer a lot during the monsoon season. This year, we have instructed the companies to complete digging work before May 15. After that, they will not get permission to dig roads. It is for the safety of citizens. On the other hand, we have directed road department officials to finish pothole repair work by May-end.”
MSEDCL, BSNL, Tata Communication, Tata Telecom, Idea Cellular, MNGL, Giga Solution Pvt Ltd, Reliance, U Broadband and Cables India Pvt Ltd, Hughes Telecom Ltd, Dinesh Engineering Pvt Ltd, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone carry out laying of cables every year with due permission from the civic body.
The PMC recovers Rs 5,500 per metre as digging charges from the companies. There is the provision of penalty if a company lays cables without the civic body’s permission. Erring firms have to pay three times more than the basic digging charges as a penalty. Usually, the companies do not pay the entire digging charges to the civic body.