Amid scarcity, lakhs of litres of water wasted

Mar 20, 2013, 07:50 IST | Vivek Sabnis

Over three lakh litres of drinking water have been lost in the last three days because of a leakage in a pipeline near Sutarwadi on Sus Road

The dog days are here, and hounded by the heat citizens are searching for solace in every nook and cranny. But the sight at Sus Road is not going to alleviate anyone’s discomfiture. 

Even as the state grapples with severe scarcity, over three lakh litres of drinking water have been wasted here in the last three days because of a leakage in the water pipeline near Sutarwadi. Consequently, many areas adjoining Sus Road and Aundh are not getting adequate supply, as the pressure is very low.

Frittered away: The leakage had to be pointed out to the authorities by local residents

Interestingly, the leakage was pointed out by local residents. Area MNS leader Narendra Nimhan said, “This is nothing but a criminal waste. We had also raised the issue with the Aundh Ward office, but nothing has happened.”

“We can’t afford to have such huge quantity of drinking water go to waste. On the one hand PMC is making appeals to save every drop, but the civic body itself is neglecting this matter,” said local resident Raju Kalekar.

Pashupalak Lasure who lives in Anand Park Society said, “I heard about the water leakage on Sus road and do not know how to react. We, the 68 flat holders in Anand Park are facing grave shortage of water since the last 6 months and are at the mercy of PMC’s water tankers. This appears to be a serious blunder on part of the PMC’s water supply division.”

The other side
Nitin Udas, chief ward officer from Aundh, said he was not aware of the leakage, but admitted there was water crisis in the area. “There are ups and downs in supply and we thrash out such issues with the civic body’s water supply department.

Natha Chavan, executive engineer of the same ward, said, “The repair work shall be done on priority basis. We are sending our technical team and consulting the water supply department. The leakage will be stopped by Wednesday.”

VG Kulkarni, superintendent engineer, water supply, PMC, also gave assurance of repairing the leakage on war footing. 

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