Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) seems to have missed the Bombay High Court deadline to submit a report on its plans to shift the sewer lines along the rivers in the city. HC in May had given PMC six weeks to shift its sewer lines, while hearing the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Baner Area Sabha against the ongoing concretisation work along the course of Devnadi.
Speaking to DNA, senior legal advisor of PMC Manjusha Idhate said that the civic body, in its affidavit submitted before the court in August, has stated reasons for the delay as preparing the report involves work carried out in large scale. “We will submit the report once the department has prepared it. Civic body would be adhering to all the suggestions made by the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF). We have to take prior permission of the court before usage of concrete, and we will follow it.”
Meanwhile, residents of Baner and Baner Area Sabha member Anupam Saraph said that the PMC has failed to adhere to the court guidelines. “PMC has been laying a new sewage line along the course of Devnadi. Many of the chambers have been punctured,” he said.