Pune: The 24x7 water supply project was cleared at the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Standing Committee meeting on Monday. Work on the Rs 2,550-crore project will start 15 days after completing the formalities. The PMC expects to complete the project in three years.
Murali Mohol, Chairman of Standing Committee said, “We decided to approve tenders for the water project. Larson & Turbo have been given five tenders and Jain Irrigation one.”
Earlier, the project cost was estimated at Rs 2,600 crore as the tender was floated 26 per cent above the estimated cost of Rs 2,173 crore. All parties opposed the inflated cost. Finally, Chief Minister Fadnavis intervened and ordered that a fresh tender be floated. After almost a year, the civic administration tabled the revised tender before the Standing Committee.
Explaining the project, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar said, “The tenders were complex. We made changes in the terms and conditions by changing specifications in materials. Hence, we could reduce the overall project cost. Pune will be the first city which is going to implement the 24x7 water supply system.”
He said, “In the first year, we will implement the project in Katraj, Sahakar Nagar, Yerawada, Taljai and Viman Nagar as a pilot project. Later, we will cover the entire city. In three years, we will complete the project. Right now, the PMC is supplying 350 litres of water per day per person. However, most of the areas do not get sufficient water.”
The PMC raised Rs 1,300 crore through municipal bonds. The Central government will provide Rs 235 crore under the AMRUT mission. Rs 265 crore will be given under the Smart City mission. The PMC‘s contribution is Rs 55 crore.