Corporators propose curb on road concreting

PUNE: The elected representatives of the civic body have tabled a proposal before the standing committee to restrict the road concreting work in the city against the backdrop of the ongoing water crisis and depleting stock of dams.
The corporators have also urged the administration to keep a tab on works and activities requiring significant use of water.

The corporators stressed that restricted use of water would help avoid crisis during the summer.

The standing committee is expected to take a decision on the proposal in the meeting scheduled next week.

Corporator Ashwini Kadam, who has tabled the proposal to restrict the road concreting work, said the city would have to utilize the existing water stock carefully till the next .

There could be water crisis during the summer if steps were not taken on urgent basis, she said.

Kadam said she had urged the administration to prepare a comprehensive plan to tackle the water shortage and put restriction on the concreting of roads and other works involving use of water.

The state department has urged the civic administration to use water judiciously. It has told the (PMC) to use 1,150 MLD water each day to avoid crisis.

The four dams in the Khadakwasla irrigation circle have about 5.34 TMC less water in stock at present compared to that in the same time last year. It is equivalent to the city’s water requirement for three months.

The irrigation department pointed out that the existing water stock in the dams would be utilized till July 15. Water would be released for rural and urban areas according to requirement.

Civic activists also demanded sensible use of the water stock. Vivek Velankar of Sajag Nagrik Manch said the irrigation department should plug wastage of water because of unregulated water supply to rural areas.

District guardian minister Girish Bapat assured adequate supply of water for the city but appealed for its judicious use. He urged to recycle water for gardening and washing instead of drinking water.
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