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Pune Deputy mayor conducts surprise check, exposes civic body’s monsoon preparedness ‘claims’

Dhende, on Monday, paid a surprise visit to the nallah which runs from Dhanori to the Sathe biscuit factory, a distance of 10km. The regional ward officer and others were also present. 

pune Updated: Jun 12, 2018 15:32 IST
(Fourth from right) Siddharth Dende, deputy mayor, on Monday, paid a surprise visit to the nallah which runs from Dhanori to the Sathe biscuit factory, a distance of 10 km. (HT PHOTO )

PUNE Deputy mayor Siddharth Dhende, on Monday, exposed the Pune municipal administration (PMC) by paying a surprise visit to nallah (canal) cleaning works on in Yerwada, only to find that the administration’s claims are false; at least as far as cleaning of nallahs in the city goes.

The civic administration has been claiming for the last few weeks that they have completed pre-monsoon works in the city and have cleaned all nallahs and drainage lines to avoid floods. However, in first two pre-monsoon showers left several spots in the city flooded.

Dhende, on Monday, paid a surprise visit to the nallah which runs from Dhanori to the Sathe biscuit factory, a distance of 10km. The regional ward officer and others were also present.

Dhende said, “When I visited the nallah, I found that pre-monsoon works have been not carried out on this stretch. The municipal administration also accepted that work has been not carried out.”

Dhende, while attacking the administration, said that they are not serious about pre-monsoon work.

“In every meeting they just claim that hundred per cent works are completed, but the ground realities are different. If the work had have been carried out properly, there would be no water logging in the city,” Dhende said.

PMC has a Rs 2-crore budget for nallah and drainage line cleaning.

Dhende said that he will now inspect the four main nallahs in the city in the coming three days and check whether work had been carried out. Dhende also instructed the administration to hire workers and clean the nallahs to avoid water logging in the areas around.

He also accepted that many nallas in the city are either encroached or being diverted for contruction work.

First Published: Jun 12, 2018 15:16 IST