Pune: Model Colony area of Shivajinagar is considered to be one of the elite areas of the city, where even the Pune Municipal Commissioner resides. But right on his way, dirt has been spread, by none other than PMC contractors. Citizens of the Model Colony area claim that the dirt which is being removed from drainages as a part of pre-monsoon work is kept on roads itself, and in case of heavy rain, it will go back down the drain.
It is not just the dirt, but even debris of damaged footpaths that are being repaired by the PMC, which is causing inconvenience to local citizens.
The area of Model Colony has some prominent personalities’ houses including businessmen, PMC officials and politicians. A lot of foreigners also stay in the area, as they visit renowned yoga guru BKS Iyengar. The residents of the area claim that even though prominent personalities are staying in the area, PMC is not carrying out its work seriously, then how can we expect them to carry out good work in the rest of the areas of the city.
Jayantrao Mohite, member of the advisory committee of Model Colony Parisar Sudharana Samiti told dna, “The ongoing pre-monsoon work by the PMC shows the careless attitude of PMC officials. The roads of Model colony area are filled with dirt just before the arrival of the monsoon. The contractors are taking out dirt from the drainages of the Model colony area but instead of taking it away, the staff is keeping the dirt on the road due to which the whole area has become unhygienic.”
The residents on Monday had gathered at the spot where the drainage cleaning work was going on and they demanded the PMC remove the dirt from the area as soon as possible. MS Solapurkar, another resident said, “The dirt has been removed from the drainages, but if there is heavy rain the dirt will either go back into the drain or it will spread on the road. Therefore, the civic administration should instruct the contractor to remove the dirt from the whole area and dump it somewhere else where it will not create any inconvenience to citizens from other areas also.”
When contacted Suresh Jagtap, head of solid waste management cell of the PMC, said, “I am not aware of the issue, however I will immediately instruct the concerned officials to visit the place and make sure that the dirt is removed from the area.”