Pune: To prevent repeated wastage of money for construction of cement concrete (CC) roads during 24x7 water supply project, the road department has decided to seek a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the water supply department before starting any new CC road. The work will start in 15 days.
VG Kulkarni, Water Supply Department of PMC, said, “Following a meeting with the Standing Committee Chairman Murlidhar Mohol, we have decided that there will be no work of CC roads till 24x7 water supply project is completed. All work will be done with bituminous (tar road) as we will have to dig roads for laying underground water supply pipes.”
Rajendra Raut, Chief Superintendent of Road Department, said, “Right now, we have started some of the CC road work as we did not get a detailed plan from the water supply department. The water supply department will focus on five areas under the pilot project of 24x7 water supply project.”
Recently, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar had announced that the 24x7 project work will start within a fortnight. The civic body has planned to complete this project in three years. During this period, the corporation will dig around 2,300 kilometres of roads in the city.
NGO writes to municipal commissioner
Vivek Velankar of Sajag Nagrik Manch, an NGO, has written a letter to the municipal commissioner demanding stoppage of CC road work to prevent wastage of money. According to the NGO, each year, the PMC spends almost Rs 100 crore to build CC roads. But according to officials, only 35-kilometre roads are built every year. At present, the city has 2,300 kilometres of roads in which more than 300-kilometre are of concrete.