Criticising PMC Mayor Prashant Jagtap of NCP over the announcement of withdrawal of water cut in city, Guardian Minister Girish Bapat on Thursday said water is the property of the state government and the civic body was one of its customer and so the water supply issue should not be politicised as decision on it would be taken after reviewing the situation in a week.
Jagtap had directed the civic administration to start water supply every day to people from Thursday citing good storage in dams supplying water to the city. The civic administration had immediately urged the district collectorate to take a decision on the demand of the Pune Municipal Corporation to withdraw the water cut.
When asked about the implementation of the PMC decision, Bapat said the state government was committed to provide sufficient water to the city but it would review the situation after a week. “The water is state government property and the PMC, a customer. The state government has to ensure water for the drinking needs, agriculture and industrial purposes of a few villages in the district,” he said, adding the water management was set to be done in October but the state government would do it earlier, in the next week.
The guardian minister said the mayor by announcing withdrawal of water cut was misguiding the public as the powers of water management was with the state government.
On the other hand, the mayor along with leaders of various polictical parties in the PMC has decided to submit a memorandum to the district collector with the PMC’s demand for more water supply on everyday basis as against the existing alternate-day supply.
The water storage has reached 23 TMC and the total capacity is 29 TMC.