PUNE: The elevated water storage reservoir in Khadki Bazaar, constructed in 1970, has been declared unsafe by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) as per an audit 12 year ago.
However, even after being declared unsafe, the reservoir has not been demolished by the Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) or PMC, jeopardising the safety of thousands of people in the area.
A new reservoir was constructed by the KCB ten years ago at Nehru Garden and the residents are getting their water from it. Amol Jagtap, CEO of KCB, said, “The PMC conducted a structural audit of the facility in 2006 and declared it abandoned and informed us to demolish it. But we did not have any other facility to supply drinking water for residents, so we had to use the facility until the PMC constructed a new reservoir in 2013-14.”
Jagtap said it was the PMC’s responsibility to demolish the old reservoir as only the land was provided by the KCB and the infrastructure belongs to PMC. “The PMC has not demolished the reservoir for several years now. So, we will have to demolish it in public interest as it poses a threat to the safety of thousands of people in the area. The funds that will be needed for the demolition will be claimed from the PMC,” Jagtap said.
“Our engineering department has prepared a tender proposal which is expected to be Rs 37 lakh and it will be floated in ten days. Once we demolish the facility, the board will get 5,000 sqft land and It can be utilised for commercial purposes,” Jagtap added.
Sukumar Patil, Executive Engineer of PMC, said he is unaware about the issue. Patil said, “The PMC is supplying water to KCB, but I have not come across any such issue of demolishing the old water reservoir. Moreover, we are not responsible for any demolition. If it comes under KCB limits, it is their duty to demolish it.”