WATER SUPPLY WOES CONTINUE IN SUBURBS – Defence officials pipe down PMC’s claims

Southern Command authorities pitch their side to the redressal commission claiming civic body’s holding of documents has delayed pipeline work
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) seems to not run out of excuses when it comes to erratic water supply to housing societies in suburban areas of the city. Their allegations regarding defence authorities posing hurdles in smooth supply turned out to be false ones too, when the State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (SCDRC) took up the issue with the city body, developer and the society.The bench is hearing the case between Brahma Emerald County, PMC and the developer, Brahma Corp, over irregular water supply despite paying taxes. The Southern Command authority on Monday informed the SCDRC that they haven’t caused the delay in pipelines work at the western suburbs, as claimed by the civic body.Instead, the latency has resulted out of PMC’s delay in provision of necessary documents to get valid permission.

Talking to Pune Mirror Habib Patel, chairman of the Brahma Emerald said, “Since last seven years, the PMC did not receive the no-objection certificate from defence for this pipeline.This is all humbug. And now, the PMC is dreaming of a smart city.“

Citing an instance of PMC’s lethargic approach, a garrison engineer of the Southern Command claimed that in 2013, when the civic body took permission for a water tank on defence land at Bakri Hill, they forgot to take the permission to lay pipelines the tank. They have now asked for the au thorisation.

The Southern Command submitted its reply after the commission, in its recent order, demanded clarification regarding consent for pipelines for drinking water to the NIBM Roadbased Brahma Emerald County. The commission’s order had come on the backdrop of numerous excuses given by the PMC, including the defence land posing a hurdle.

The hearing is going on before the bench of justice A P Bhangale and expert member Narendra Kawde. The court is expected to take further decision on the case on the next date of hearing. The bench has already issued an order to the PMC and the developer to ensure interim arrangement for drinking water to the housing society, until the order is cleared systematically.

During the hearing, advocate K D Ratnaparkhi and garrison engineer (south) Maj Sanyam Chaudhary, on behalf of southern command, submitted to the bench that the part of water from the new tank was also promised to defence area by the PMC. Hence, it is pertinent to note that they were to benefit in terms of additional water supply through this pipeline thus, leaving no reason for delay.

The Southern Command in its statement said, “The PMC wrote a letter demanding permission for an additional pipeline from Lashkar to Bakri Hill. In response, the southern command asked the PMC to send a detailed proposal to include alignment of pipeline and land requirement with the classification in consultation with and through defence estate officer (DEO). No response has been received so far.“

The defence initiated the action in 2014 itself, but due to delay in providing necessary documents by PMC, the development is entangled in undue delay. Pravin Gedam, superintendent engineer of the PMC’s water supply department, said, “We have given the proposal to the defence authority. Although there have been few issues over the lease of land, rest of them are resolved. We are hopeful that within a month, the pipeline work will be resumed.“

He admitted to not taking separate permission, as there was already an old pipeline at the Bakri Hill. “We did not feel it was necessary to take the permission again,“ he said.

Source : Mirror