Corporators Thursday demanded action against Reliance Jio Infocomm for allegedly damaging 15 water pipelines across the city.
According to data presented by the civic hydraulic engineer’s department to the civic standing committee on Thursday, the firm owes penalty for damaging the pipelines. The total penalty amount is Rs 39,13,866, said civic officials.
“The BMC is a valued partner. Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has already paid Rs 27.88 lakh to the BMC and the remaining amount will be paid in a few days. We are working closely with the civic authorities,” a Reliance Jio Infocomm spokesperson said.
The committee members said the civic administration must take action against the company for causing inconvenience to the public by wasting water. “The damage has not only caused loss of water, but it is also a cost to the BMC. The company should be penalised heavily and action should be taken against them,” said Sandeep Deshpande, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporator and member of the standing committee.
“The company has been digging trenches on Gokhale Road in my ward to set up 4G network. While digging the road, a pipeline was damaged causing water leakage of about 47,000 litres in a day,” claimed Deshpande.
Shiv Sena corporator Trushna Vishwasrao alleged, “The company has been digging roads, but it seems that
it has not taken proper permissions.”
While corporators demanded a first information report (FIR) against the company, no decision was taken on the matter in the meeting on Thursday.
The civic administration last year began allowing the company to lay optic fibre for 4G services in the city.