PCMC Housing Society Federation holds protest two-wheeler rally

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 21 January 2019

The PCMC Housing Society Federation had recently organised a bike rally for their prolonged issue regarding inadequate water supply and garbage collection.

Pimpri: The PCMC Housing Society Federation had recently organised a bike rally for their prolonged issue regarding inadequate water supply and garbage collection. The federation has decided that the societies will not pay property tax if the issue is not resolved soon. They had a meeting with Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Commissioner Shravan Hardikar recently and he has assured to conduct another round of meeting on February 10 with the members to discuss and solve the issues.

There are 3,860 societies registered under the federation from the areas of Pimpri-Chinchwad including Wakad, Walhekarwadi, Kaspate Vasti, Pimpri, Chinchwad, Pimple Nilakh, Pimple Gurav and Pimple Saudagar.

Recently, the members of the federation had organised a two-wheeler rally in which around 240 society residents from Pimple Nilakh, Pimple Gurav, Pimple Saudagar and Wakad had participated.
 
Sachin Londhe, founder member of the federation, said, “This is our fifth rally regarding inadequate water supply and garbage collection. We are facing these issues from last three years and have complained several times to the civic body. But the civic body seems to have turned a deaf ear to our concerns. We have given letters to BJP leader Eknath Pawar and the PCMC Commissioner too.”

Sudesh Raje, an IT professional, member of the federation and chairman of Sucasa Society located at Wakad, said, “The biggest problem with the water supply is that we do not get even 10 per cent water against our requirement. Everyday our society needs 1.2 lakh litres of water supply and we get only 20,000 litres per day. So we get six to seven tankers daily to meet our water requirement for which we spend around Rs 12 to 15 lakh annually. Hence, our question is that if we are paying lakhs of rupees to private water suppliers, then why should we pay water tax to the civic body.”

Sudhir Deshmukh, President of the federation, said, “Each and every society registered with the federation has been doing rainwater harvesting, STP projects and even after following all the norms and paying taxes, still our concerns are ignored completely”.

“Also we have been doing wet waste treatment in our societies. But suddenly the civic body stops collecting dry waste from the societies and then we have to pay the garbage collectors. If the civic body is not doing their duty, then we will also not pay any taxes to them,” Deshmukh added.

Londhe added, “On February 10, Hardikar has kept a follow-up meeting to discuss and solve these issues.”
 

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