Students living in the campus of the University of Pune (UoP) are facing acute water shortage since the past few days. While the daily water requirement in the hostel and other departments of the varsity is about12 lakh litres, the UoP is receiving a mere 40 per cent of its total need.
Those living in the hostels inside the campus are worst affected, as most of the hostel building get water for just a two hours a day. Earlier this week, when the rector of the hostels Dr BR Shejwal came to take a stock of the situation, several students gathered around him and demanded that if the problem cant be sorted out soon, the varsity should provide tanker water to the hostels.
Speaking to MiD DAY, Dr Shejwal said, “It’s not that all the hostel buildings are facing the problem. However, I have already issued instructions to my staff to provide water tankers.” Meanwhile Sanjay Waghmare, who resides in Boys’ Hostel No 3, said, “We hardly get any water, as the supply is for just two hours in the morning. The rest of the day, our taps remain dry.”
While Ramesh Walvi, a second year MA (Marathi) student said, “As our annual exams are going on, this water crunch has become quite irritating.” “Its not only students living in hostels who are facing problems. The entire varsity campus is facing water scarcity. We have even written to the PMC’s water department and have asked them to resolve the issue at the earliest,” a senior UoP official said.
When contacted, an executive engineer of the PMC’s water supply department, said, “A dew days ago we repaired a valve near CID office through which the UoP gets water supply. I will ask our workers to visit the site and resolve the issue as at the earliest.” Including the teaching, administrative departments, hostels and residential, around 12,000 people live in varsitycampus.