PUNE: The Maharashtra State Electrical Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) alleged careless construction work of roads is causing power failure in the city. Over the last few days, a number of road works were carried out in the city.
As the new civic body budget will be presented soon, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started development works which are not yet completed and the development funds are lying idle. For these development works, the Road Department has floated tenders for road construction and concretisation and so road works have started in the city.
Contractors have started work and dug up roads for concretisation or repair work. According to Road Department statistics, there are more than Rs 100 crore works going on in the city.
Due to this work, MSEDCL is facing problems as contractors are damaging underground cables, causing power failure in that area.
A senior MSEDCL official said, “On Monday, a contractor damaged the underground cable in Vadgaonsheri due to which, people faced power failure for more than eight hours and around 10,000 people were affected. It was careless work of contractor. The corporation should take serious notice of it.”
MSEDCL Pune Zone Chief Engineer Sachin Talewar said, “We have already told the PMC Road Department to coordinate with MSEDCL officials before starting any road digging work so that our officer or employee will be present during the work and guide them and avoid power failure problem. However, it is not happening on a regular basis. We are still facing problems. Contractors’ casual work will damage MSEDCL property and we have to face people’s ire due to power failure.”
Speaking to Sakal Times, PMC Road Department Additional City Engineer Aniruddha Pawaskar said, “I have given strict instructions to all road officials and road contractors to take due diligence while working and coordinate with MSEDCL engineers. If contractors fail to do so, we have decided to penalise them.”
Bapusaheb Kamble, resident of Malwadi, Vadgaonsheri area said, “Why do people suffer due to lack of coordination between MSEDCL and corporation? Both are government agencies but they lack coordination. Both agencies make allegations against each other but finally people suffer. It should stop. The corporation should impose heavy penalties on contractors for their careless work.”
According to Road Department statistics, there are more than Rs 100 crore works going on in the city.