Bavdhan: Residents of newly merged villages Bavdhan Budruk and Khurd in Pune Municipal Corporation are facing water crisis, due to inadequate supply from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) forcing them to rely on water tankers to meet their daily needs.
The situation has become so dire that NCP MP Supriya Sule took to Twitter to raise the issue, saying, “Residents of Pebbles-2 Society, Bavdhan budruk, Pune are facing a major water crisis since many days, compelling them to incur exorbitant costs for water tankers daily. Requesting @PMCPune to kindly look into the matter and resolve the issue at the earliest.”
Rajesh Shelkhe, secretary of Pebbles 2, stated that they have been facing a water crisis for many days, with the borewells in the society also drying up. While PMC does supply water, the amount is not sufficient for the need of 800 unit society. “We conducted meetings with water supply departments of PMC, and the High Court had ordered PMC to temporarily make water tanker arrangements to the newly merged villages in PMC, but the order has not been put into effect,” said Shelkhe.
The situation is not unique to Pebbles-2. Another resident of Nyati Equatorial Phase 1, Sarah Menon, echoed the same complaint, stating that their 264-flat society is only receiving around 5,000 to 9,000 litres of water from PMC, which is not adequate for their needs. “We complained about this to PMC and even MP Supriya Sule, but we are still waiting for the problem to be solved. We are getting almost 15 tankers daily,” said Menon.
“The problem is not limited to these two societies. Many big societies in Bavdhan Budruk and Khurd are facing the water crisis, and they have to take help by bringing water tankers to meet the daily water requirements. There are societies which require 15 tankers daily to meet the need, so we are complaining about this to PMC and local representatives to look into the matter,” said Manish Deo, a member of BCF.
The situation is a reminder of the importance of adequate water supply and management, especially in areas where water resources are limited. The PMC needs to take prompt action to resolve the issue, and ensure that the residents of these areas have access to adequate water supply during the hot summer months.
“We have rescheduled the pumping of water from Warje Pumping Station and accordingly from March 1 the amount of water supplied will be increased. We are taking steps in increasing the water supply to Bavdhan residents,” said Pritam Kasabe of PMC water supply department.