EXPERT ADVICE – `PMC is spending Rs 500 cr on drainage to prevent flooding’

The civic chief answers citizens’ queries in TOI

Q: TOI’s Citizen Reporter section recently highlighted waterlogging at Lohegaon. This occurs every year . What does the PMC propose to do?
(Hariharan Nair)

A: The PMC is working on a Rs 500-crore plan to strengthen Pune’s stormwater drainage system. The project, expected to be completed by 2019, will ensure effective management of rainwater. As a short-term measure, the PMC has identified vulnerable spots in the city. Also, complaints pertaining to waterlogging have dropped in three years.

Q: The road behind Mont Vert Dieu society in Pashan has a number of illegal shelters and is strewn with garbage from these dwellings. It’s a health hazard, especially for children. What will the PMC do?
(Rajesh Sawke)

A: The government is working on a plan to deal with illegal shelters and slums in major cities. In Pune, work has been taken up to provide homes and implement rehab schemes.

Q: The footpaths at Kondhwa are occupied by shops. Fabricated huts have been set up at open spaces. How are these structures getting electricity? Why is the PMC turning a blind eye to encroachment? (Persis Driver)

A: The PMC is working on a comprehensive rehab plan for hawkers, expected by the month-end. After their rehabilitation, most chowks and roads will be made hawker-free.

Source : TOI