Demand for tankers punctures BJP’s ‘no water scarcity’ claim

Siddharth Gadkari
Friday, 12 April 2019

VG Kulkarni, Head of Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Water Supply Department, said, “After PMC’s decision to supply water only one time, demand for tanker water has been increasing. In the month of March, it has increased, as compared to the same period last year. The hike in demand is from city’s suburban areas.” 

PUNE: Even though the ruling BJP is claiming that there is no water scarcity in the city, rise in number of water tankers tells a different story. There are 23,025 tankers providing water to different parts of the city. In March 2018, the figure was 17,906. 

VG Kulkarni, Head of Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Water Supply Department, said, “After PMC’s decision to supply water only one time, demand for tanker water has been increasing. In the month of March, it has increased, as compared to the same period last year. The hike in demand is from city’s suburban areas.” 

Due to the drought in parts of Pune district, the Irrigation Department had decided to cut city’s water supply by 200 Million Litre Per Day (MLD) from November last year. After that, the civic body took a decision to supply water five hours a day. However, BJP declined to cut any water to Pune city. 

Now, after four years, it is clear that there is water cut in the city, because there are increased number of water tankers in different parts of the city.

Kharadi, Wadgaon Sheri, Viman Nagar, Dhanori, Kalas, Lohegaon, Baner, Balewadi, Kondhwa, NIBM are areas with maximum concentration of tankers. According to water supply statistics, there were 17,906 water tankers in March 2017-18. At the same time, demand for water takers has increased to 2,3025 in March 2018-19. In 2016-17, it was 15,338.

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