Pune: Residents of Dhanori Kalwad are irked due to the choked drainage system in the area for the last 3 months.
Complaining of water accumulating in the open area near Bramha Sky City, residents are voicing their anger at the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials for negligence.
Residents alleged that the blockage took place because Vasudev Patil, who owns a plot of land there, broke the pipeline through which the sewage passes, in the course of leveling the road. Once the pipeline broke, sand and dross started to accumulate, leading to overflow of the sewage on the road.
Gautam Tendulkar, a resident of Bramha Sky City, said, “We are living here for just a year and the bad odour is already making it difficult for us to live.”
Preeti Khamkar, another Dhanori resident, complained about rising number of mosquitoes. “Earlier the gutter was 15 feet below the ground and is at 5 feet now, which has caused such a condition,” she said, adding, “There are illegal constructions, unattended chambers in the area and I think some strict action should be taken against them”.
Parents and teachers are worried about the health of the students. “My family and I are not able to eat as my home is near the drainage. We approached authorities but now we think people should know how irresponsible officials are towards their work,” said Yashmin Shaikh, a teacher at the Sayed Aslam School, adding, “The only thing we have received is fake promises.”
The irked residents said actual action and not caller-tunes will lead to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Sandeep Naik, who lives in the area, said “We have informed the PMC asking for help but no action was taken but are met with reluctant behavior. The government is promoting the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and here is an area where even breathing has become difficult.”
Khanore Jagdish, Executive Engineer at PMC, said, “My team visited the place and has figured out the problems. Action will be taken against the officer for Ward number 1. For now, we will build the drainage pipeline on priority and it will take a couple of days to solve this problem.”