Pune: Members of the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) are going to meet Guardian Minister Girish Bapat to discuss the issue of low pressure water supply to the residents of Pune cantonment since the water pipelines have not been changed after Independence.
The issue was raised in the general body meeting of PCB on Saturday by the elected member Atul Gaikwad. He said, “This proposal of replacement of age old pipelines is pending with the State government for last three years. Neither the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) nor the PCB is taking efforts to get the project sanctioned.” The meeting was presided over by board president Major General Prithi Singh, who is the commander of the Pune Sub Area, the Local Military Authority.
Priyanka Shrigiri, Vice President of the Cantonment, said, “This issue has been raised by us on several occasions not only in the board meeting but also with Chief Executive Officer DN Yadav and earlier president Brigadier Rajiv Sethi. But it was never addressed. This problem prevails in all areas of Cantonments jurisdiction except Wanawadi and Ghorpadi. Residents from all wards have been complaining about water contamination due to broken pipes and corrosion for many years. But we are also not able to carry out the repair works as we don’t have the maps of the pipeline network.”
Gaikwad said, “We had met local MP and MLA over the issue but there was no firm decision. Also, last year, the then PCB president Sethi held a meeting with PMC water department officials.
“It was discussed that, as per government policy, the PMC cannot spend money for developmental projects outside our jurisdiction. Along with PMC officials, Sethi also met Southern Command officials over the same issue, but nothing worked out.”
Since PMC collects water tax from residents of Cantonment, it is PMC’s primary responsibility to provide better facilities, Yadav said during the meeting.
Gaikwad requested Singh, Yadav and Shrigiri to send a memorandum to Bapat over the issue, so that the ministry will look into it seriously. He also said that ward members of Cantonment will soon meet Bapat to resolve the issue.