Bapat, speaking during a review of the project, also cautioned local elected representatives to ensure there are no hurdles in its execution.
Pune MP Bapat conceded that Pune’s developmental projects had slowed down because of the pandemic and added that he plans to monitor each project and ensure they meet all the deadlines over the next year.
“Around 36% of the construction of overhead tanks has been completed so far, in addition to 18% work of laying pipelines and 8% of installation of water meters. The construction of the tanks is stalled at some locations for want of land from the government departments and private parties. Some cases are in court. I have told PMC to resolve these issues at the earliest,” Bapat said after the meeting.
As per the plan, 84 water storage tanks are to be constructed and a 1,670km-long distribution pipeline network is to be laid. The administration has so far laid 300km of pipelines. The projects is aimed at equitable distribution of water in the city and curbing losses in water distribution.
Bapat said he would not be able to set a date of the project’s completion, but assured that it would be ready at the earliest. Bapat also told the administration to initiate action if contractors delay the work.
“We want everyone, including elected representatives and civic authorities, to push the projects. The meeting was held to clear the hurdles and establish better communication,” he added.
Bapat also said he would approach the Union and state governments for adequate funds for the projects.