No further water cuts till July: PMC
In a move that will bring respite to the residents of the city, the PMC has announced that there won't be an additional water cut till the end of summer.
The announcement was made by Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak during a specially organised meeting for BJP corporators on Wednesday. “There is adequate water stock in the dams that supply water to the city,” Pathak said. He also assured stern action against unauthorised water connections and promised to fix leaks in the water supply pipes.
V G Kulkarni, superintendent engineer, Water Supply, PMC, said, “There are about 30 per cent leakages and we are repairing it on a war footing to conserve water.” Last year, the civic body had declared 20 per cent water cut in April, which was brought down to 10 per cent in the monsoons.
Deficit will add to water woes
The Rs 80 crore cut made to the PMC commissioner’s budget by the Standing Committee chairman in his budget may hamper many water supply schemes in the city. The commissioner’s budget had suggested Rs 400 crore to facilitate supply of water to the city. But, former Standing Committee chairman Baburao Chandere reduced it to Rs 320 crore. “We need to transfer the amount from other expense head in the year to enforce water supply schemes for the city,” said PMC commissioner Mahesh Pathak.