14 villages within 5 km of civic limit to face water cut

City mayor Vaishali Bankar on Monday said 14 villages within 5 km of civic boundaries that receive water from the civic body will also have to face water cut.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: April 10, 2012 4:09 am

City mayor Vaishali Bankar on Monday said 14 villages within 5 km of civic boundaries that receive water from the civic body will also have to face water cut.

“A meeting of sarpanchs of the villages would be called immediately and they would be informed about the water cut to be implemented in the villages as there is water cut in the city as well,” said Bankar.

Villages with pending dues to PMC will be warned of water cut if they fail to clear the dues with immediate effect,she said,adding that a decision to call a special general body meeting would be taken later.

Leaders of all parties,except NCP,had requested Bankar to call a special emergency meeting of the general body to discuss the water issue and demanded to discontinue water supply to these villages.

“We were invited by the mayor to discuss water issue at 11.30 am. However,she didn’t turn up till 12.30 pm and we decided to boycott it. However,we attended the meeting held in the evening on the request of the mayor,” said Vasant More,leader of Opposition.

“NCP was holding meeting with administration and planning things but failed to take any decision. We have no issues if all the other parties are kept away from the meeting but they are not able to come to a solution,” said Congress leader Arvind Shinde.

He said the main demand of all parties was to call for a special general body meeting and also to cut the water supply to villages as the city was facing shortage.

According to a state government directive,the civic body should supply water to villages within 5 km from its boundaries while demanding extra quota from irrigation department to meet the requirement,Shinde said,adding,it also says that the villages have to pay water bills as per the rate levied by the civic body.

“There is shortage of water in the city. Hence,there is no reason for the civic body to supply water to adjoining villages,” he added.

BJP leader Ashok Yenpure said the civic body was supplying water to these villages despite pending dues.

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