HT follow-up: PCMC seals leaky pipeline at MIDC Bhosari in ‘swift’ action after 15 months
After Hindustan Times report on May 17 about the leakage of water from the pipeline at Maharashtra industrial development corporation (MIDC) Bhosari for the last one and half months, MIDC and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) officers got into action mode and repaired the pipeline on Wednesday.
The pipeline is in front of Thermax and runs towards Tata engineering and locomotive company, Telco.
The residents complained that the leakage from the water pipeline in Bhosari had turned the place into a small mushy pond.
Ravindra Pawar, deputy engineer, PCMC said,“Our officers visited the spot and after digging 8 to10 feet, they found that the big water supply line of MIDC and small line of PCMC was leaking. With the help of MIDC, we have completed the work within two days.”
Kalpesh Lahiwal, deputy engineer, water supply, MIDC, said, “First, we had issued a letter to electricity board about the work. We, along with PCMC staff, conducted the repair work.”
Dashrath Shitole, an employee of Thermax, had approached civic authorities time and again and raised the issue.
Shitole said,“ Several litres of water has been wasted for the last one and half month.This has happened due to lack of coordination between MIDC and PCMC.”
It was the underground pipeline that has been leaking for the last month-and-a-half. As responsible citizens, we have approached MIDC and the civic body (Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation), but both were passing the buck and no action was taken.”
Shrikant Jogdan, chairman, Human rights protection awareness organisation, said,“ I met the commissioner of PCMC and explained the situation to him. Finally, the issue was sorted out.Initially PCMC and MIDC were busy passing the buck. The administration swung into action only after we discussed the issue with PCMC commissioner. Many parts of the city are facing acute water crisis in summer and such wastage of water only aggravates the situation.”