Pune: The clash between Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has thwarted the former’s plan of laying sewage lines near Wanawadi and Ghorpadi, as the PMC’s sewage lines too pass from the same area.
Moreover, PCB claims that the land from where the PMC lines are passing belongs to them and PMC laid the lines without taking permission from them. PCB had made plans to lay the sewage lines in 2015.
Apparently, PMC started its Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Bootee Street but it does not have the capacity to treat the discharge from PCB’s sewage lines.
The Wanawadi and Ghorpadi lines were meant to be served by two STPs - 3 million litres per day (MLD) and 2 MLD - which would be then emptied into nalas in the area after treatment. DN Yadav, Chief Executive Officer of PCB, said, “We had planned to construct STPs for Wanawadi and Ghorpadi areas, but without our permission, the PMC had laid their sewage line. We had asked the PMC if we can attach our sewage lines to their existing sewage lines but PMC officials refused saying that the STP plant does not have the capacity to include Wanawadi and Ghorpadi’s sewage.”
On the other hand, Shrinivas Kandul, PMC head of STP, said, “These sewage lines were installed several years ago. And moreover, the drainage lines are laid right next to Bhairoba nala and it comes under emergency utility lines, which includes water and electricity lines too, so there is no point of taking anyone’s permission.”
Further, Yadav told Sakal Times, “We are again going to write to PMC to remove the sewage lines from our jurisdiction, so that we can lay our lines and build STPs as per the plan. Along with it, there is shortage of land with us to built two STPs, so we are thinking to send a letter to Ministry of Defence to transfer the required land for STP to us.”