Chorus grows for scrapping 24X7 water supply project

A Section Of Ruling Party Leaders Want PMC To Draw Up A New Proposal
A section of the city BJP leaders are pitching for the cancellation of the 24X7 water supply project after playing a major role in convincing chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to issue an order for scrapping its tenders.Party sources told TOIthat the demand for a fresh 24X7 water project proposal might gain momentum in the next few days and pressure could be exerted on the civic administration to scrap the existing proposal. Supporters of Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade were in full support of the fresh proposal and the leader might take up this issue with the chief minister, said the sources.

A group of senior city BJP leaders have also come up with a similar demand. They want the civic administration to scrap the 24X7 project and draft a new proposal for tabling before the general body (GB) of the Pune Municipal Corporation.

Senior BJP leaders Ujwal Keskar and Suhas Kulkarni have written a letter to municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar, stating that the GB had sanctioned a project titled `Equitable Water Supply’, which included leak detection, water audit and analysis of hydraulic defects.

“The original project cost was Rs450 crore and now the 24X7 water project is being executed at a cost of about Rs3,000 crore. These two are completely separate projects and the 24X7 project has not received any sanction of the GB or the standing committee,“ Keskar told TOI.

Keskar and Kulkarni insisted in a letter that the civic administration must withdraw the existing project. “Only scrapping of tenders will not help. The entire project must be scrapped and a new proposal must be tabled for approval,“ said Kulkarni.

Source : TOI