Water supply to various areas in the city’s eastern parts was disrupted due to a leakage in the main pipeline of Bhama Askhed on Thursday. Fed up with the situation, the residents staged a protest on Saturday in the presence of PMC water supply department officials.
“Disruption in water supply is something we face every Thursday and Friday or Saturday. There has been a spurt in the number of commercial establishments in Vimannagar using drinking water for activities like watering plants and washing too,” Arjun Jagtap, president of the Vimannagar Residents’ Association, told TOI.
“If PMC can’t supply adequate water to tax-paying citizens, it should not grant construction permissions,” he said.
Jagtap said PMC was fulfilling only 50% of the water demand in Vimannagar.
Arun Bharadwaj, the chairman of a housing society in Vimannagar, told TOI that limited availability of water tankers amid increased demand had also complicated the situation. “Vendors have inflated the tanker prices from the usual Rs 800 to Rs 2,000 per tanker, making it challenging for the residents to access an alternative water source,” he said.
Bharadwaj said efforts were being made to secure water tankers from existing and new suppliers to alleviate the crisis.
Anwar Mulla, a section engineer from PMC, admitted of disruption in water supply to areas like Vimannagar, Kalas, Dhanori, Tingrenagar, some parts of Kharadi and Wadgaonsheri. He said, “Repairs were underway at the Bhama Askhed project with leakage in the main line. The work was completed on Saturday, and the supply was resumed.”
Despite PMC claims, the residents of Vimannagar and Wadgaonsheri said the water supply did not resume till Saturday evening. “We have no water even for cooking since Thursday morning,” Wadgaonsheri resident Arjun Arora said.
Abhijeet Patel, committee member of the Kalyaninagar Residents’ Association, told TOI, “There is a water cut on Thursdays, but supply resumes on Fridays with low pressure in Kalyaninagar.”