Residents unite to question PCMC officials

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Officers from different departments were present to hear the grievances of the PCMC residents and chalk out solutions accordingly

PUNE: To help solve water, electricity, waste management and traffic-related problems of the residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Co-op Housing Societies Federation had organised a meeting with Sakal Media Group cornering the officers of the civic body and other government officials on Sunday. The officers were present to hear the grievances of the residents and chalk out a plan accordingly.

Associate Editor of Sakal Pimpri-Chinchwad Avinash Chilekar, Circulation Head Vinod Patil and Assistant Manager Sunil Phalphale were present. Namrata Patil DCP Traffic; Ramdas Tambe, Executive Engineer of Water Supply Department of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Manoj Lonkar, Health Executive Officer of Health Department of PCMC and Prakash Naikwade, Assistant Engineer of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL) were also present to address the problems of the residents.

Around 180 residents from 159 housing societies attended the meeting which was held at Nandan Inspera Co-op Housing Society, Datta Mandir Road, Wakad.  

GRIEVANCES OF THE RESIDENTS DISCUSSED IN THE MEETING
Yuvraj Ved, a resident of Nandan Inspera, said, “There has been water inadequacy from the last several years and we have been spending a lot of money on water tankers. If PCMC is not able to provide us water as per our needs, then how are the tankers providing us water in infinite quantity?”

Sudhir Deshmukh, a resident of Su Casa Society in Wakad and President of the Federation, said, “There is encroachment all over the space even on footpaths, there is no space to walk and people park their vehicles everywhere. There is no proper patrolling of police, autorickshaw drivers are looting the citizens, there are no street lights and speed breakers. Illegal constructions and chain snatching is rampant in Wakad, Pimple Saudagar and other parts of Pimpri-Chinchwad.”

Shailendra Kshirsagar, a resident of Akshar Elementa Society, Tathawade, said, “We have been doing composting, rainwater harvesting and other such activities but the societies’ dry waste is not being collected by PCMC and we have to pay a private vendor. Also, thermocol and sanitary waste is not collected by PCMC garbage vehicle.”

Vaishali Gorde, a resident of Floresca Co-op Housing Society, Kaspate Vasti, said, “Rebate should also be given on electricity bill because electricity is needed to pump water from borewells or run STP. Rebates are only given on property tax, but when the society is using electricity to pump water or to reuse the water, then why is rebate not given on electricity bills?”

While talking about traffic and other related problems, Namrata Patil said, “Due to less manpower, we are helpless. However, we are trying our best to manage the situation. The PCMC has provided us 130 traffic wardens. If I have to allot ‘No Parking’ spaces, then I have to provide parking areas and for this, policies have to be prepared. We will also keep a check on autorickshaw drivers’ hooliganism. It will take time to put a stop to all the issues but there will be a positive result.”

“In two years, all water problems will be solved,” said Tambe. He further added, “There has been an increase of 3.50 lakh of population from April 1, 2017 till date and the civic body is still supplying only 490 MLD of water. There were 16,000 illegal connections from which 5,000 connections were regularised. We are also geotagging all water pipelines so that the rusted pipes can be identified and can be changed. But I am assuring that in the next two years, the water problems will be resolved.”

The PCMC does not allow any private vendor to collect dry waste from societies, Lonkar said. “In the next three months, the civic body will start collecting dry and wet waste and also hazardous and sanitary waste will be collected separately. Also, this year, there will not be a competition of societies on implementing all sustainable projects rather societies will be given a rebate depending on the projects that they implement.”

Naikwade said, “The electricity issue has been reduced. The suggestion given by residents on giving rebate on electricity bills will be examined by us.”

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