Water woes: Dhanori residents cry as taps run dry
Residents accuse builder of providing special pipelines to ‘privileged few’ over law-abiding residentspune Updated: Jun 05, 2018 14:37 IST
Residents of the society, a project constructed by Suresh Sakharam Tingre, Palladium properties, Raojee construction, said that their yearly water tanker bills have gone up to Rs 1 crore, as their water needs are not taken care of by the builder or the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
“We have not been getting water since the past 10 years. In fact, we got the water taps installed just recently after several complaints,” said Varsha Bhavsar, chairperson of the society which was registered in May 2018, that too, after several hassles.
“We were unaware of the water problem till we came to live here. It was only in 2014 when we discovered that the civic body had laid three one-inch water pipelines to the complex,” said Vishwas Chavan, a resident. Residents have been paying for water tankers to meet their daily water needs.
The residents paid the highest amount in April this year, when the water tanker owners threatened to stop supply too. The society residents also found out that the surrounding societies get enough water and have less dependency on water tankers. According to them, the PMC had allowed them more connections owing to strong political nexus.
Meanwhile, their water woes do not end here. The residents allege that the builder was trying to shift the current PMC water pipelines to only a select few members of the project, especially those who signed for the condominiums within the project.
The residents had been trying to form a housing society ever since the date of completion and handing over of the project in 2008, but the builder kept delaying it stating that the complex was not ready. However, after approaching the court in a case against the builder in 2012, the flat owners managed to form one in 2014.
“The builder is trying to cut off our water supply to get back at the residents over the court case. We caught the builder’s site engineers shifting our PMC connections to old galvanized iron (GI) pipes that were laid some 10 years ago,” said the Bhavsar.
Bhavsar added, “These are small pipes and do not carry enough water. The PMC water that we get is almost equal to a trickle by the time it reaches our homes. None of the society committee members or the flat owners sought the change.”
Recently, the chairperson was called to the police station for allegedly bad mouthing another resident within the society. However, residents said that Bhavsar just stopped the illegal work of laying water pipes only to the select few residents, who have signed for condominiums.
We have been harassed by the builder as he blocked the water pipeline and blocked our supply for four days, besides digging up a separate water supply line and infrastructure which would provide water to these “privileged few” at the cost of law abiding residents.
When contacted, the developer said that he has fulfilled every promise he made while selling the flat. Gautam Suresh Tingre, builder and partner, Palladium Grand, said, “This project was completed and handed with all amenities in 2008, which include all that was promised as per the brochure. We have also provided them three one-inch water pipelines from PMC. So, in terms of infrastructure, everything is in place.”
Tingre put the blame on the municipal authorities and said, “PMC is answerable for not providing the residents with adequate water. We cannot share further as the matter is subjudice.”
Despite several attempts, the corporator and PMC officials could not be reached for a comment.