Activists Manav Kamble and Maruti Bhapkar have blamed the BJP-led PCMC for the water crisis in the city. They claimed that the civic authority was neither trying to strengthen water sources nor tapping newer sources of supply.
RESIDENTS OF Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial city are facing the worst water crisis in years. Since last week, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has begun supplying water on alternate days to the entire city, leaving residents in cooperative housing societies and chawls in a lurch.
In some housing societies, residents claim, the water pressure is extremely low, while supply lasts only for around five to 10 minutes. With water scarce, tankers are back on the roads to meet the needs of the city.
Single source of water supply for ever-expanding city
The population of Pimpri-Chinchwad is currently estimated between 22 and 25 lakh. With rapid influx of people from states like Kerala, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and also the drought-hit Marathwada region to the city in search of jobs and livelihood, the population of Pimpri-Chinchwad is growing at a much faster rate.
Along with population explosion, construction activity has also picked up pace here over the last few years. However, the Pavana dam, with a capacity of 9.5 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) continues to be the only source of water for the industrial city. The dam, located around 40 km from Pimpri-Chinchwad, currently has 29 per cent water stock, which is not enough to cater to the drinking water needs of city till June end.
It was the depleting stock in the dam that forced the PCMC to initiate the water cuts in the city, especially after the irrigation department directed the civic body