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Water shortage: PMC administration to table Rs 2,818 crore supply revamp plan

Water tankers supply water in the city when there is acute shortage. Water tankers supply water in the city when there is acute shortage. (Source: Express Photo)
Written by Ajay Khape | Pune | Posted: July 10, 2014 2:45 am | Updated: July 10, 2014 9:19 am

With another water shortage season in the city, the PMC administration is pushing for its plan to revamp the water supply system envisaging the establishment of a system for equitable and metered water supply to every house. The civic administration is set to table the Rs 2,818 crore investment plan before the City Improvement Committee to revamp the water supply system.

PMC had appointed a consultancy Studio Galli Ingegneria (SGI) to study the existing water supply system and accordingly plan a revamping of the water supply system in the city.

The firm submitted a detailed project report (DPR) to the PMC in February this year and the civic administration, after scrutinising it, has prepared the proposal to table it.

PMC is implementing a 12 per cent water cut with one-time water supply. The civic administration is contemplating to increase the cut by supplying water on alternate days. According to the DPR, PMC would require an investment of Rs 2,818 crore to revamp the entire water supply system.

“The project is to be implemented through JNNURM with 50 per cent contribution of the union government, 20 per cent contribution of the state government and the remaining 30 per cent by the PMC,” said V G Kulkarni, Superintendent Engineer.

The majority of expenditure of Rs 2,177 crore would be done for transmission, distribution and metering of water connection.

PMC will have to construct five new water tanks in various parts of the city to achieve the goal of equitable water supply to all with investment of Rs 293 crore while carrying out the rehabilitation of three of the existing water tanks at an estimated cost of Rs 23.73 crore.

The civic body would have to set up new pumping stations at a cost of Rs 142 crore and carry out rehabilitation of water treatment plants spending Rs 5.66 crore.

The DPR states a requirement of Rs 40.62 crore for land acquisition required to construct new infrastructure and estimate expenditure of Rs 16 crore for the pilot project for equitable and metered water supply in 5 areas.

PMC would have to pay 1 per cent to the consultancy, is Rs 27 crore. There is a contingency amount of Rs 81.30 crore.
Political parties are divided on metering of water supply to citizens to avoid public wrath during elections.

“Political parties take on the administration for insufficient water supply in their area but when it comes to regularising through installing meters, they oppose it. However, it is the policy of the union government to meter water supply,” said another civic officer.

“The seriousness on use of water is understood only during a crisis. The city is facing toughest situation ever to manage water supply for the city due to poor rainfall,” he added.

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