Pune: Is the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) forcing unannounced water cuts on Puneites?
At least some residents of Aundh, Baner, Pashan, Bavdhan and Kothrud seem to be asking this, after struggling with water shortage for the past few weeks. PMC officials on the other hand, are claiming that they have not cut water supply for any of these areas.
But they do admit that some areas are facing water shortage.In the past two years, a drought-like situation had forced water cuts in Pune, but after the last monsoon saw a good amount of rain, water cuts had been withdrawn and the supply in Pune had been regularised.
However, with the beginning of summer, there seems to be a shortfall in water supply in some parts of Pune.Citizens particularly from Aundh, Baner, Pashan, Bavdhan and Kothrud area have been complaining to the civic body regarding water shortage. Subhojit Roy, one of the residents of Gulmohar Park area in Aundh said, “We have been staying in this area for the last 10 to 12 years, and we never faced any water shortage. However, of late we are facing issues and sometimes it is very acute. At times we do not get water at all, and we have to call for water tanker.”
“We have been complaining to the PMC and every time they give some reasons but till date they have not able to address and fix our problems,” Subhojit said.It is not just Aundh, but some areas of Bhusari colony in Kothrud and Bavdhan are also facing water shortage for the past few months.
Ganesh Chondhe, resident of Bhusari colony said, “ here are no official announcement of water cut, but still we are facing issues for the last few weeks. When we contact PMC officials, the staff visits our area and they find no problem in the water supply. Then why are we getting less water?”
Nandkishor Jagtap, executive engineer of PMC’s water supply department said, “We have not enforced any water cut in the city. The water supply is regular as per the quota. The problem regarding water supply in some areas might be local.”