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Water cut: PMC has new excuse

Now,the civic administration has a new excuse for not providing sufficient drinking water to the people of Pune — it is turbid water that is available from the Khadakwasla dam and hence it takes longer to be treated.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
July 24, 2009 2:00:00 am

Now,the civic administration has a new excuse for not providing sufficient drinking water to the people of Pune — it is turbid water that is available from the Khadakwasla dam and hence it takes longer to be treated. The upshot is the water cuts will continue despite the water being released through the pipeline and canals to the city has touched the optimum level.

But on Thursday,the civic administration came in for severe criticism from the corporators in the general body for the manner in which it has been handling the water requirements of the city. The Shiv Sena later staged a walkout in protest. Shiv Sena leader and deputy mayor Chandrakant Mokate said the cut has not been withdrawn despite sufficient water being made available to the civic administration.

“The water for the city is being diverted to other parts of the district. Everyone in the state knows where all the water is going,” he said.

He demanded that municipal commissioner Mahesh Zagade respond to the queries of the corporators. It was then that Zagade asked the water department head to speak on his behalf.

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Responding to the query,PMC Development Engineer (Water Works) Pramod Nirbhavane admitted that the irrigation department had resumed the required water supply to the civic body after good rainfall in the catchment area of the Mutha river.

“The irrigation department is providing sufficient water and there is full flow from the canal and the pipeline.”

He,however,cited two reasons for persisting with the water cut – turbidity and absence of an assurance about continued uninterrupted supply. “The major problem is that the water is polluted following the rain. The turbidity is causing problems in resuming the normal water supply distribution; hence the water cut of 10-15 per cent.” He was unable to say when the civic administration would be able to supply the city with water in full capacity.

Soon,corporators cutting across party lines objected to the excuse made by the civic administration. Turbid water was not new to the city and the reasons cited for insufficient water distribution were not acceptable,they said in chorus.

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