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Residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad who are struggling to get their daily quota of water can heave a sigh of relief as the civic body has at least shown its readiness to hear their grievances.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Published: January 30, 2011 3:35:17 am

Water woes? Call 67339999
Residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad who are struggling to get their daily quota of water can heave a sigh of relief as the civic body has at least shown its readiness to hear their grievances. The PCMC has set up a helpline number where the citizens can register their complaints regarding water problem. The number is 020-67339999. The PCMC has roped in a foreign firm to carry out water audit and has also installed water meters across the town in a bid to ensure equitable distribution of water. “All these efforts will have meaning only when residents get their daily fill of water. Currently,the situation has become worse what with water cuts being resorted to by the civic administration with increasing frequency,” said Sanjeevani Pandey,a resident of Chinchwad.

Pimple Gurav gets new pin code
Pimple Gurav residents will now have a new postal index number number-411 061. This comes after a separate post office was set up for the suburb. The post office began functioning from Friday in PCMC school located in front of the PMPML bus stop. Gurav Pimple previously had 411 027 number as it was under the jurisdiction of the Sangvi post office. “It will be a big relief for residents in the suburb which has grown manifold in the past few years,” said Madhuri Lavate,a teacher living in the suburb.

Bid to ward off fever threat
The PCMC health department said it has taken various measures to ward off any threat of Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever which was detected in Ahmedabad. Officials said they have issued guidelines to cattle owners to keep the sheds clean. Health chief Nagkumar Kunachgi said his department has undertaken massive fumigation programme in areas where cows,buffalo,sheep and goats are found. PCMC veterinary chief Dr Satish Gore said the fever spreads to humans either by tick bites or through contact with viraemic annimal tissues during and immediately after slaughter. However,activists said there is no change in status of dirty cattle sheds; the area around meat and chicken shops is rarely cleaned up. “PCMC talks more,acts less,” said health activist Sachin Godambe.

Extension for state officers on deputation in PCMC
Despite opposition from activists and corporators,the PCMC administration has given extension to officers on deputation to the civic body from the state government. Three officers including Additional Municipal Commissioner Prakash Kadam,assistant commissioners Udya Tekale and A Y Karche have been given extenstion. Activists and corporators have been arguing that state officials should not be given any extension as they contribute little to the town’s progress. “PCMC has not learnt its lessons. Except for municipal commissioner,other officials hardly show any interest in pushing the development of the town,” said former corporator Vijay Lande.

Award for Ujwal Nikam
PIMPRI-Chinchwad will on Sunday honour public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam for his contribution to the legal field,especially the way he has fought terror cases. He will be honoured with the Indrayani Puraskar by the Indrayani Cooperative Bank,said bank chairman advocate S B Chandak. The award is given in memory of former city BJP chief Ankush Landge. The award will be given by BJP leader Prakash Jawadekar at a function in Ramkrishna More auditorium,Chinchwad,around 5.30 pm. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a memento.

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