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Kolhapur Municipal Corporation to install vehicle tracking systems in water supply tankers

The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) is going to install GPS tracking systems in water supply tankers to monitor the water supply work effectively. The corporators in the general body meet irked over the poor management of water supply during the days when alternate day water supply is in place. The corporators demanded increased in the number of water tankers as most parts of the fringe areas goes dry for many days and have to rely on private tankers to quench the thirst. The corporators suggested using emergency funds for procuring new water tankers and setting up a system to address loopholes in management of the water supply. The corporators claimed that that the trips made by the water tankers are few as against expected.

Sharangdhar Deshmukh, Congress corporator said, “The poor management of water tankers has led to anger among the citizens. No tanker reaches the destination on time. The drivers are lethargic and should be replaced.”

Puja Naiknaware, Tararani Aghadi corporator from Shahupuri area was furious over the leakages to the pipelines. Naiknaware said that the KMC should plug all the leakages in one day. “Despite repeated requests to the civic officials the leakage to the pipeline in my area has not been plugged. The officials say that they don’t have the pipes with them. I want the sure assurance from the officials as twice earlier the officials had failed to plug the leakage on time.”

Over the mismanagement of the tankers, Pawar said that the proposal for procuring six tankers each with 10,000 litres capacity has been drafted and will be tabled to the standing committee for approval of the funds.

Over the improper monitoring of the water tankers, additional municipal commissioner Nitin Desai said, “We will give target to the drivers for making certain rounds of trips every day. Also, we are planning to track each of the water tanker by installing the GPS system.”

The KMC is going to undertake the work to plug the leakages to major pipes from next week and the water supply to almost 80% parts of the city will be snapped for at least three days. The three major leakages have been occurred at Aptenagar, Ringroad and main pipe of Shinganapur scheme and require repairs to avoid water loss and inconvenience caused to the citizens due to the supply at lower pressure.

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