Table agreement draft before standing committee: Leaders

Leaders of parties in the PMC on Tuesday adopted a resolution in the standing committee that the draft of the agreement,regarding water quota,between irrigation department and the civic body be tabled before the committee and general body for approval.

Written by Express News Service | Published: September 5, 2012 6:28 am

Leaders of parties in the PMC on Tuesday adopted a resolution in the standing committee that the draft of the agreement,regarding water quota,between irrigation department and the civic body be tabled before the committee and general body for approval.

This came a day after it was revealed that the irrigation department has put conditions in the agreement regarding an increase in water quota to PMC.

The resolution also stated that the state government should charge the rate for increased quota as per the regular rates.

“The resolution was unanimously passed by the standing committe. The panel urged the civic administration not to sign agreement without taking permission of the standing committee and general body,” said chairman of committee Baburao Chandere.

The PMC has demanded 18.9 TMC water to meet the demands of citizens considering the rising population. However,the irrigation department while assuring the increased supply has asked the civic body to pay around Rs 1,000 crore to compensate for decreased water for irrigation and construction of a tunnel to plug leakage.

“The civic body has expressed inability to pay such a huge amount and is likely to sign an agreement to continue with the earlier quota of 11.6 TMC. The irrigation department cannot charge such a hefty amount on the civic body as it was not the civic body’s responsibility to construct the tunnel,” said city BJP chief Vikas Mathkari.

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