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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Faulty pipeline, illegal connections, seepage lead to water cut - Nagrik Chetna Manch Study

Study highlights faults in PMC's water supply system - 20% water is wasted due to the pipeline's improper design:

City-based Nagrik Chetna Manch (NCM) has pulled up the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for imposing a 30% water cut in the city. The NGO claimed it would create hardships for citizens.

The manch had carried out a study a few years ago about the problems in the water supply system in the city. It highlighted serious flaws in the civic body's water supply system that deprived Puneites from getting their share of water.

According to the NGO, the present demand for water has increased to 1,100 TMC everyday.

The PMC lifts water by paying Rs 7.60 for 10,000 litre. Hence, it pays Rs 3,25,800 everyday to the irrigation department.

"The state government had permitted the civic body to use 11.50 TMC water from the dam on the condition that it return 6.50 TMC water to the canal. But since the PMC has failed to do so, it has to pay a fine of Rs six crore from 2004 to 2009. If the PMC had returned the water, the dam level would have never depleted and Puneites would not have faced the water cut," the NGO claimed.
To read more, please, visit: Manasi Saraf-Joshi, DNA

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