Civic body disconnects 739 illegal water connections

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 18 May 2019

Pravin Gedam said, “We have started action against illegal connections from February. Till date, we disconnected 739 illegal connections. The action will be continued. Water connections included residential as well as commercial. The maximum number of water disconnections are commercial.”

PUNE: Due to the water shortage, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to take action against illegal water connections in the city. 

PMC’s water supply department has disconnected 739 water connection in the last three months.

PMC Superintendent Engineer of Water Supply Department, Pravin Gedam said, “We have started action against illegal connections from February. Till date, we disconnected 739 illegal connections. The action will be continued. Water connections included residential as well as commercial. The maximum number of water disconnections are commercial.”

At present, the civic body is getting 1,350 Million litres per day (MLD). Earlier, the supply was reduced by the water resource department from 1,350 MLD to 1,150 MLD. 

Based on that, the civic body had revised the water schedule of the city last year before Diwali.

However, after a lot of criticism from opposition parties, social groups, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis intervened and issued an order to restore the water supply of Pune city to per 1,350 MLD. 

However, water storage in dams is less as compared to last year. 

Hence, Khadakwasla irrigation circle has instructed the civic body to use water carefully. 

The PMC has started to shut the supply of drinking water on every Thursday for repair and maintenance of the water system as well as to save water. 

With this exercise, the corporation is saving around 900 Million litres per day (MLD).

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