Pune : deccan express – Civic issues in the 23 merged villages into the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) seem to be growing rather than getting solved. The merged villages in Katraj area such as Gujar-Nimbalkarwadi, Mangdewadi and Bhilarewadi are facing a water crisis. The Shivshambhu Pratishthan has warned of an agitation, if the problem is not solved on priority.
Gram panchayats used to maintain traditional water sources through their funds. However, the administration is not providing funds for development work to these villages after their merger. In the backdrop of water shortage, water tankers are also not made available due to funds crunch, said citizens.
Injustice has been done to us by merging our villages into the PMC, said local Gujar-Nimbalkarwadi resident Rambhau Khopade.
Citizens are worried as water shortages are being faced ahead of summer. The well in Katraj, from where they are supplied water, has been repaired. If its timely maintenance is done and leakages are plugged, water issue can be solved to a certain extent, said citizens.
The civic body recently announced that water supply is the responsibility of builders in the merged villages. However, they are also not supplying water. The number of local families and houses is larger than the newly built housing projects. So, it is a big question, as to who would provide them water.
When contacted, PMC Executive Engineer Ashit Jadhav said, “This issue has been discussed at the senior level. Funds have been made available to these villages. Simultaneously, traditional water sources will also be repaired and revived. So, the problem will be solved soon.”
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