Pune: The water supply department has called a meeting of all the engineers on Monday (September 7) to fix responsibility for the misery the citizens of Pimpri-Chinchwad city had to face in terms of disrupted water supply for four consecutive days.
To supply water to the city, unclean water is pumped from Ravet bund on Pawana river. For this, a pump house has been set up at Ravet. From there, twenty pumps collect the impure water and carry it through pipes to the Nigdi Pradhikaran Water Treatment Plant in Sector 22. The purified water is delivered to the tanks in different parts and distributed in the city.
The Ravet bund draws an average of 510 million litres of wastewater per day. However, in order to ensure equal access to water for all, water supply has been provided day and night since November 25. In addition, on Thursday, the Ravet sewage treatment plant, Nigdi water purification centre and water distribution systems at some places in the city were repaired.
The water supply was cut off on Thursday evening and was erratic on Friday morning. Now that the power supply has been cut off, the water pumping centre has to be shut down. This has caused inconvenience to the citizens.
Due to feeder malfunction at 11 pm on Friday (September 4), the power supply at the water pumping centre at Ravet was cut off and the entire pumping was stopped. Therefore, the morning water supply in the city on September 5 and September 6 was disrupted. The repair work is underway and the department is trying to restore the water supply once the power supply is restored.
However, the water supply department said that citizens should take note of this and use available water cautiously. Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has also shirked off its responsibility saying that MSEDCL has issued a press release stating that power supply has been restored.
Ramdas Tambe, Joint City Engineer of Water Supply Department said, "The power supply was also cut off for half an hour on Saturday evening. MSEDCL is not to blame for this, however, these mistakes should not happen again. Finally, the power went out for a while. Time was wasted. Efforts are underway to restore the water supply. The water supply department engineers' meeting is on Monday. Care will be taken to prevent such mistakes in future."