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Expanding Pune: 450 to 500 tankers quench Undri residents’ thirst everyday

Shockingly, the residential societies in Undri are shelling out around Rs 5 lakh a month on water tanker bills which are forcing them to spend a major portion of their society budget on water.

pune Updated: Feb 17, 2018 16:41 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Undri,residents'
According to the former office bearers of the then Undri gram panchayat, the fast growing suburb requires between 450 to 500 water tankers a day to meet the daily needs of the area residents.(HT PHOTO)

If one sees the number of water tankers raising the dust owing to the continuous trips to various residential societies in Undri, one can gauge the fact that how lack of civic planning and unplanned growth is wreaking havoc in the lives of the residents in the area.

According to the former office bearers of the then Undri gram panchayat, the fast growing suburb requires between 450 to 500 water tankers a day to meet the daily needs of the area residents.

Shockingly, the residential societies in Undri are shelling out around Rs.5 lakh a month on water tanker bills which are forcing them to spend a major portion of their society budget on water.

Former deputy sarpanch Sachin Ghule said, “It is unfortunate that the government continues to be a mute spectator to the water problems of Undri. Our area is represented by a minister in the state cabinet and he too is least interested in solving the water problem. The societies are facing the worst scenario as we were used to getting regular water supply when under the gram panchayat. But, under the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), we are getting even lesser water than what we used to get during the gram panchayat days and that too once in four days,” he said.

Former sarpanch Shweta Ghule, who has been spearheading the movement to end the water crisis in the area, said that crores of rupees which could have been spent on development work is being spent on buying water.

“The situation is critical and it is one of the biggest water crisis in Pune which needs public and government attention. We need immediate steps to bring round the clock water supply to Undri,” she added. The residents are also planning to agitate if the PMC does not take corrective steps to curb the water crisis.

Skynet Cyber Café owner Rahul Shashikant Bhadale, who runs his establishment near Bishop’s School in Undri, said, “The onset of summer will intensify the water needs of Undri which has already been crippled by chronic water crisis for a very long time. PMC must start water supply to the area at the earliest and end the suffering of Undri residents.”

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 16:38 IST