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Cantonment residents reel under water shortage

Even as World Water Day will be celebrated on Tuesday,people from the cantonments in Pune,especially Khadki,are complaining of acute shortage of water which is compounded by a large number of unauthorised connections.

Written by Ishfaq Naseem | Pune |
March 22, 2011 2:27:46 am

Even as World Water Day will be celebrated on Tuesday,people from the cantonments in Pune,especially Khadki,are complaining of acute shortage of water which is compounded by a large number of unauthorised connections.

“The problem of frequent water cuts is rampant in the cantonment area. We don’t get water for more than 40-45 minutes during the day. Also,there is no regular time schedule for the water cuts,” said Pandurang Garsund,a civic activist from Khadki. He said people resort to drawing water from “unathorised connections.”

Residents of the Khadki and Pune cantonments say that the water shortage was so acute that the cantonment areas were getting water for not more than an hour.

Pune Cantonment Board member Santosh Kavade said he has taken up the matter with board. “The onus is on the Pune Municipal Corporation. Even as we pay the corporation over Rs 1-crore each year,the cantonment board frequently resorts to water cuts.”

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Sunil Jadhav,KCB member said,that the problem was more severe in the Range hill area. “The people living in the type C,J and type 3 Range Hill quarters are facing acute water shortage. ”

KCB executive engineer Arun G Godbole said that in order to tide over the problem of water shortage the cantonment board has already completed the digging of 20 bore wells. ” These bore wells will substantially help us overcome the problem of water shortage. People can draw water from these bore wells with the help of hand pumps and power pumps. The digging of bore wells is in addition to the water being supplied by the PMC. A new reservoir is being built at Ambedkar road which will provide additional supply.”

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