PMC’s pre-monsoon work hampered due to poll code

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 3 May 2019

The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has hampered cleaning of the nalas and storm water drain work. Usually, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) completes the work of cleaning before the monsoon.

Pune: The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has hampered cleaning of the nalas and storm water drain work. Usually, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) completes the work of cleaning before the monsoon. The cleaning process starts in the month of April and is completed by the first week of June.

Deputy Mayor Siddharth Dhende said, “Due to the MCC, not a single work of pre-monsoon work has started yet. I wrote a letter to Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao, urging him to start the work as early as possible. Every year, we face the problem of water logging in slums and on the roads which creates a lot of problems. We have already wasted one month due to the Model Code of Conduct. If we don’t start work early, we will not be able to complete it before the monsoon and people will have to face a lot of trouble.”  

Sandip Khadave, Superintendent Engineer of Drainage Department said, “We have instructed the contractor to start work of cleaning storm water drain and drainage chambers. In some parts, it has already been started under the maintenance and repair work. Nala cleaning work is ward-level work.” 

On the condition of anonymity, a ward officer said,  “Tender work has not been passed due to the MCC. However, we have instructed our employees to start work of nala cleaning. We are hoping the MCC gets relaxed as early as possible. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has also requested the Election Commission of India (ECI) to relax the MCC.  

There are a total 364 kms nalas in the city. The PMC has completed work of total 350 km of storm water drain lines. There are 36,081 chambers and 429 culverts in the city.

Every year, people  face problems due to incomplete pre-monsoon work. The city faces water logging. According to civic officials, citizens across the city are dumping garbage into nalas and this garbage flows onto the roads and chokes the nalas. Water logging in peth areas results in traffic jams.

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