Pune’s water tanker mafia: NGO writes to CM seeking an end to unholy nexus
On May 30, city based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Nagrik Chetna Manch (NCM), wrote a letter to Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra, as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking the dissolution of the Pune municipal corporation’s (PMC) general body over its established nexus with the water tanker mafia in the city.
The letter, drafted by Qaneez Sukhrani, member of NCM, said, “The PMC general body must be dissolved on the basis that they were not aware of the seriousness of the inequitable and scarce water supply scenario in their own wards, even after 16 months of being elected to represent citizens’ interests.The elected representatives do not know that it is illegal to divest PMC’s responsibility to builders by asking for water affidavits. Also, neither have they demanded that illegal connection be cut or boosters be disconnected, nor have they sought installation of automated valves at all the supply lines.”
Sukhrani added, “They have not even demanded that global positioning systems (GPS) be installed on water tankers, and closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) in water filling stations to control illegal activities.”
On the contrary, they watch meekly when water tanker companies threaten to strike, she added.
“The chief minister must constitute an enquiry investigation commission to get to the bottom of this unholy nexus so that disciplinary action can be taken against the offenders,” said Sukhrani.