Back in action, Ajit Pawar takes over

A day after he returned as Deputy Chief Minister of the state and Guardian Minister of Pune district, Ajit Pawar headed a district planning and development council ( DPDC ) meeting where important issues came up for discussion.

Issues including water allocation to the city and rural parts of the district, installation of CCTV cameras in PMC and PCMC areas and release of MNREGS funds were discussed in Saturday's meeting for over three hours.

The meeting at the New Zilla Parishad building was attended by elected representatives including MP Gajanan Babar, MLAs Bapu Pathare, Vinayak Nimhan, Madhuri Misal and officials including District Collector Vikas Deshmukh, Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh, PMC commissioner Mahesh Pathak and PCMC Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi.

Pawar fielded questions raised by opposition MLAs and corporators on slow movement in the CCTV camera installation project, delay in plans to get water from Bhama Askhed dam, and poor health facilities in rural parts of the district.

"Last year, the PMC drew 14.5 TMC from the four dams that supply water to the city, when the quota allocated is only 11 TMC.Currently the city draws 1,000 MLD a day instead of 1,100 to 1,250. Although there are demands that daily water supply be increased, I would suggest that the current level be maintained. We can't draw additional water this time as we did last year as there has been deficient rainfall and rural parts of the district are facing a severe water scarcity," said Pawar.

Pawar directed the irrigation department to speed up the laying of the pipeline from Bhama Askhed dam to Pune city, so that PMC can draw an additional 1.3 TMC annually.

Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak informed the gathering that the survey for installation of 1,200 CCTV cameras in the city and PCMC areas has been completed and soon a tender notice will be issued.

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