PIMPRI: Commissioner of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Shravan Hardikar, in a meeting held on Thursday, said that the amount spent on the water supply of the city is reasonable.
The Rs 109 crore spent on total water supply is not much considering the population of the city, remarked Hardikar.
The PCMC is purchasing some water from MIDC to cater to the needs of parts of the city. Since there are no better options available, PCMC has to continue with this arrangement. Hardikar was responding to a query about BJP city unit chief’s suggestion that PCMC should discontinue the purchase of water from MIDC in order to save expenses on water supply.
The municipal corporation spends Rs 18.45 crore for maintenance of water supply in the city. The ruling BJP’s city unit chief, Laxman Jagtap, recently said that the amount spent on maintenance of water supply is justifiable. The BJP city unit chief requested PCMC to look into the entire expenditure on maintenance. Jagtap had suggested that the civic body should draw water directly from water resources department instead of taking it from MIDC.
Hardikar said, “The cost of maintenance includes payment of electricity bills, water charges, plant maintenance costs and daily operating cost of valves’ opening and closing.” He added that it also includes the cost of meter reading and issuing of water bills to the consumers. Hence, considering this, the cost of water supply is reasonable. The MIDC provides 30 MLD water to the municipal corporation.
Hardikar said the work of 24x7 water supply scheme is going on in the city. Under the first phase of this project work, the water supply to 40 per cent of the area will be completed by March 2019. This will help prevent water leakages in the city.