PMC Issues Ultimatum: Use STP Water for Construction or Halt Projects

Construction Sector Faces Clampdown as PMC Cracks Down on Water Misuse

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has issued a stern warning to construction businesses, threatening to halt ongoing projects if they continue to ignore appeals to utilize sewage treatment plant (STP) water for construction purposes. Despite PMC’s plea, it has been revealed that only 80 tankers of STP water were requested in recent days, prompting Municipal Commissioner Dr. Rajendra Bhosale to intervene directly on Tuesday (2nd).

With Pune experiencing lower-than-average rainfall this year, the city’s reservoirs are not at their full capacity, necessitating careful water management. The situation has become critical, prompting concerns over water scarcity in both urban and rural areas.

Amidst growing complaints from citizens regarding inadequate water supply, the PMC held a review meeting of the water supply department to address the issue. During the meeting, it was noted that construction professionals were reluctant to use STP water, leading to suspicions about the source of water supply for construction purposes.

In response to the water crisis, the PMC has imposed restrictions on various departments, including the Garden Department, mandating the use of STP water exclusively. Moreover, the corporation has warned that no drinking water will be allocated for non-essential purposes, including construction and metro projects.

Commissioner Bhosale emphasized that legal action could be taken against those found violating water usage regulations, including penal measures for unauthorized use of drinking water for construction activities. The PMC intends to closely monitor construction sites to ensure compliance with water conservation measures.

In addition to addressing urban water concerns, the PMC is devising a master plan to improve water supply in 34 villages within municipal limits facing similar challenges. These villages, including Sus, Mhalunge, Pisoli, and others, have experienced water scarcity, necessitating reliance on tanker supplies.

Although there is currently no water cut imposed, citizens are urged to use water judiciously to preserve existing reserves. Despite the absence of a canal committee meeting due to ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the PMC is taking proactive steps to manage water resources efficiently.

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