CM likely to intervene in stalled Pavana pipeline project: Sanjay Raut

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More
| Pune |

September 17, 2020 10:58:29 am

Shiv Sena chief Sanjay Raut.

NINE years after work on Pavana pipeline got here to a standstill after three protesting farmers had been killed in a police firing, there’s a glimmer of hope for water-starved residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad because the Chief Minister’s Office has indicated to intervene to resolve the dispute between the commercial metropolis and Maval farmers.

“Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is keen to resolve the issue of the long-pending Pavana pipeline project. The Shiv Sena has held discussions over it with him,” Shiv Sena MP and occasion’s nationwide spokesperson Sanjay Raut advised The Indian Express.

Raut stated Thackeray will quickly convene a gathering with all stakeholders. “Be it Maval farmers or officials and leaders from Pimpri-Chinchwad and Maval, the CM is keen to… find an acceptable solution to the dispute through discussions,” Raut stated, including that Sena would once more talk about the matter with the CM.

Meanwhile, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation additionally appears eager to restart the mission, with the civic administration exploring the potential of appointing contractors and consultants for the Rs 400 crore mission. “We are making efforts to restart the project. We are exploring the possibility of appointing contractors and consultants,” Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar advised The Indian Express on Tuesday.

The initiative goals at assembly the water wants of 25 lakh residents, who’re struggling to get their quota even when the Pavana dam is overflowing.

The civic administration has inquired with the contractor and guide who had been engaged on the mission earlier than it was stalled. “There were some disputes with the contractor regarding the work done and payment to be made. We are trying to resolve the issue. Since the contractor and the consultant had been working on the project and are aware of tasks ahead, we might reappoint them,” Hardikar stated.

The PCMC chief stated they’ve already despatched letters to the state authorities to begin the mission. “…So far we have not received any response,” he stated.

PCMC Executive Engineer Ramdas Tambe stated the mission was stalled by then CM Prithviraj Chavan after three farmers, who had been protesting towards the laying of pipeline by Maval, had been killed in police firing in 2011.
The mission includes laying a 35-km pipeline from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Pavana dam and lifting water by a closed pipeline.

Tambe stated the problem had gone earlier than the Bombay High Court, who despatched it to the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA). “After hearing both sides, the MWRRA, in January 2018, ruled that PCMC can lift water from Pavana river for four months in monsoon while it can take water through closed pipeline for nine months. Since then, we have been waiting for the green signal from the Chief Minister’s Office,” he stated, including that lifting water immediately from Pavana dam will save transportation losses.

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