HT follow-up: Recover cost of water tanker supply from builder, PMC advises housing society
A number of large housing societies in the Wakad, Hadapsar, Wagholi and Kondhwa areas are spending between Rs 70 lakh- Rs 80 lakh annually for water supply by tankers.pune Updated: May 24, 2018 14:50 IST
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has taken a clear-cut stand that in view of the ‘water affidavits’ submitted by builders in water-deficient areas of the city, housing societies which are heavily dependent on water tankers for their daily needs must recover the cost of water-tanker supply from their respective builders.
A number of large housing societies in the Wakad, Hadapsar, Wagholi and Kondhwa areas are spending between Rs 70 lakh- Rs 80 lakh annually for water supply by tankers.
In a letter as recent as April 13, VG Kulkarni, PMC’s head of the water supply department, advised a prominent, high-end housing society with eight towers and 340 flats at Hadapsar, to recover the water-tanker supply cost from the builder concerned.
Kulkarni in his letter said that the prominent city developer who constructed the housing society was aware of the fact that PMC was unable to ensure adequate water supply to the property in question, at the time of development.
The builder had submitted an undertaking to the PMC stating, “that till such time adequate water is made available by the Pune Municipal Corporation, the developer would supply quality water to the residents of the society at his own cost,” Kulkarni’s letter stated.
Chief engineer Kulkarni also cited the case of Brahma Emerald County Co-operative Housing Society, Kondhwa, wherein the builder had submitted a similar undertaking. Residents approached the court and “the court had directed the developer to supply water to the residents” as per the undertaking submitted to the PMC”.
The senior PMC official attached a copy of a the builder’s undertaking submitted on a Rs 100 stamp paper, also known as a ‘water affidavit’. This document clearly states that the builder was fully aware of the PMC’s inability to supply water to his project and that it would be his sole responsibility to provide water for residential and non-residential use after the completion of construction, in case the civic water supply was non-existent or with poor pressure.
“I shall provide water at my cost till such time that proper water supply is provided by PMC,” the affidavit stated.
The builder also promised in the affidavit that it would be his responsibility to check the quality of water from the bore well or water tankers from time to time, to ensure that it was of acceptable standards.
First Published: May 24, 2018 14:44 IST