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Pune: There is trouble for buildings in Pune. The Government has directed local civic and PMRDA officials not to give permission to builders if they are not in a position to provide water to the occupants of their building.

This stern message emerged after a meeting Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao held in Pune on Monday.

Rao clearly told the officials of Pune Municipal Corporation, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority that mere undertakings by the builders that they will provide water to occupants should not entitle them to permission from them. ”The builders should specifically give in writing and identify that they will make arrangement for water from this particuar source,” Rao told the officials.

Rao’s directions have come in the wake of the campaign of sorts launched by Baramati MP Supriya Sule. Sule’s has raised her voice against construction activities which are being rapidly sanctioned by PMC, PCMC and PMRDA officials.

How can PMC, PCMC and PMRDA officials allow construction activity in their limits without builders themselves having no water sources at their disposal. ”The builders promise grandiose plans but they are not in a position to even provide water to the residents,” Sule said at her recent press conference.

Sule has been single-handedly raising the issues of water shortage, bad roads, lack of parking space, growing traffic problem and horrendous drainage network in entire Pune district.

On the other hand, other MPs and MLAs and even former corporators are keeping quiet. Activists said these people are not as serious as Supriya Sule is. ”Sule has a mind of her own. Pune occupies special place in her heart. She is seriously concerned about Pune while other elected representatives are not able to understand the seriousness of the problem,” she said.

At the meeting held by Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao in Pune on Monday, officials of PMC, PCMC and PMRDA were told to seriously come up with plans which will help ease the water crisis in their respective jurisdiction. ”We need serious and effective plans which will take the present as well as future into consideration,” he said.

This is the first time, activists said, Rao has taken some concrete measure. ”Otherwise we don’t get to hear any effective step, measure or plan from the Divisional Commissionerate. Many in Pune do not even know something like the Divisional Commissionerate does exists,…The commissionerate should act seriously. It should keep constant water on the problems faced by the citizens in Pune,” said activist Dominic Lobo.

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