In a concerning revelation, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has disclosed that only 62 percent of the water meter installations have been completed, prompting a stern warning to citizens who resist the installation process. Nandkishor Jagtap, Chief Engineer of the PMC Water Supply Department, emphasized the potential consequences for those opposing the installation, citing possible legal actions under Section 353 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Jagtap Said, “The action is yet to be started. Those opposing may face action under Section 353 of the IPC. For citizens opposing water meters, if they receive very little or no water supply, they won’t be able to issue complaints to the PMC.”
According to additional information, local citizens are actively protesting against the installation of meters within the same water supply scheme. Consequently, the PMC has initiated steps to involve the police in addressing citizens who resist the installation. The water supply scheme, launched in 2017, has reached a completion rate of 62 percent.
Jagtap elaborated that the majority of the work in various zones of the water supply scheme has been successfully completed, with only minor tasks remaining.
Implemented in 2017, the water supply scheme aims to install over 3 lakh water meters in societies and bungalows, contributing to a more efficient water management system.