The first morning of the week proved a nightmare for citizens with no water in their taps. A technical snag in the electric supply at Parvati filteration plant resulted in no or little water supply to residents. The problem was resolved by afternoon and the water supply resumed thereafter. However,it would take time for the supply to return to normal.
A fire at the power supply substation at Parvati water works resulted in closure of the filteration plant on Sunday night. The filteration plant covers most parts of the city.
The water supply has been restored but it will take time for it to be regularised. This would be done by Tuesday afternoon, said PMC officer.
Meanwhile,the civic administration has decided to levy a penalty for misuse or wastage of filtered drinking water. It has levied the same penalty of on commercial establishments,construction sites,hotels and restaurants as that on residents. One would be fined Rs 1,000 for misusing water and Rs 100 for wasting it.
On Monday,the administration penalised 81 persons and recoverd Rs 22,000 for misuse or wastage of water.
The state government also deputed five engineers of Maharashtra Jal Pradhikaran to assist the civic officers in handling water shortage. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar urged the civic administration to submit a proposal for additional water supply from Bhama Askhed dam and asked it to initiate steps to reduce leakage. He said the proposal to reuse water available from sewage treatment plant would be pushed and asked the civic administration to start implementing the project of installation of water meters.