Patil said the flash flood has created a serious situation in the city and other parts of the district. As many as 4,000 people have been shifted to temporary camps set up by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
The eight assembly seats in the city — Parvati, Pune Cantonment, Kasba Peth, Kothrud, Shivajingar, Vadgaonsheri, Khadakwasla and Hadapsar — were all won by the BJP in the 2014 assembly elections, in which all prominent state parties, Congress, NCP, BJP, Shiv Sena and MNS, had contested separately.
The PMC is trying to pass the buck over the wall collapse that took place in Ambegaon on Monday night, claiming that retaining wall of an educational institute was constructed before the area became part of civic jurisdiction.
The campaign has laid out a roadmap to restore the lake. They will rope in schools, colleges and residents of the river basin to create awareness and water literacy, and then undertake cleaning programmes with the help of volunteers and PMC to make the river free of solid waste and sewage.
The Metro project’s request comes at a time when the tussle over the quota of water drawn by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), between the civic body and the state Irrigation Department, has reached the Bombay High Court. While the PMC has said it needs to draw more water to cater to the increasing population in the city, the regulatory authority has repeatedly asked it to slash the amount.