PUNE: Though the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is claiming it is yet to start work on the 24x7 water supply project, work for changing old water pipelines, worth Rs 50 crore, has begun, according to project consultant Studio Galli Ingegneria’s report.
After approval of 24x7 water supply project at the PMC Standing Committee meeting, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar had announced on February 13 that work will start in 15 days.
When asked about the pipeline work, VG Kulkarni, Chief Superintendent of Water Supply Department said, “Work on changing pipelines in various parts of the city has begun as per SGI report, which refers to the type of material which SGI suggested and other specification of pipes. However, the actual work of 24x7 water supply project has not started.”
He added, “Under the project, 1,600 km of pipelines will have to be replaced with new ones. Out of these, 50 per cent of the pipelines are 150 mm diameter pipelines. To avoid duplication of work, we will hand over the record of replacement of pipelines to contractors of the 24x7 project.”
Across the city, there are around 100 spots where work has started. The total cost of the work is Rs 50 crore.
A senior official of Water Supply Department said, “We cannot say the work has started, but it is true. Official inauguration of the project has not yet been decided. So we cannot say it is official. The corporation is going to start work as a pilot project in Katraj, Sahakar Nagar, Yerawada, Taljai and Viman Nagar in the first year.”
24X7 WATER SUPPLY PROJECT
- Work includes installation of meters, making infrastructure for the project and maintaining it for 10 years.
- The project has a deadline of five years after work starts.
- Corporation has divided the city into 328 District Metering Areas (DMA) so that they can check water supply and distribution.
- Citizens can check inflow and outflow of water through a meter.
- The PMC raised Rs 1,300 crore through municipal bonds. The Central government will provide Rs 235 crore under the AMRUT mission, while Rs 265 crore will be given under the Smart City mission. The PMC’s contribution is Rs 55 crore.