Pune: Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar has sought police protection to restart the work of underground water pipeline from the Bhama Askhed dam to Pune. He has written to SP (rural) Mohammed Suvez Haque in this regard.
The PMC is facing stiff opposition from the affected farmers, through whose land the pipeline is passing. Hence, the civic administration was forced to stop the work.
The rural police have offered conditional protection to the project. They have asked the civic body to ensure that there is no violent agitation like the one witnessed in Maval.
Kumar wrote to Haque seeking protection so that the PMC can complete the water pipeline work due to the city’s growing demand for water. The affected farmers’ protest has already delayed the plan.
Now, the local BJP unit has also joined the protesting farmers and is opposing the project.
Kunal Kumar said the PMC has offered compensation to farmers for their land but they are not coming forward to hold talks with the PMC.
However, a PMC officer, on condition of anonymity, said earlier the Shiv Sena was opposing the project. Now, the local BJP unit has started agitating against the project, which has pushed the PMC on the backfoot.
Kumar said the police are ready to provide security cover to the project on the condition that the PMC should ensure that there would not be a Maval-like firing incident.
However, Kumar said he would discuss the issue of incomplete work of Bhama Askhed with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday in Mumbai and seek his intervention in the matter.