Eight Days to Act: MP Supriya Sule Signals Protest if Pune Drainage Remains Unresolved

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Reported by Tikam Shekhawat

Pune, 11th June 2024: Last week’s heavy rains in Pune city and surrounding areas have brought to light serious infrastructural issues, with water inundating many homes and streets. Despite claims by the administration of preparatory measures ahead of the monsoon season, the reality on the ground tells a different story.

In response to the widespread damage caused by the flooding, Supriya Sule, Member of Parliament for the Baramati Lok Sabha Constituency, visited affected citizens’ homes in the Katraj and Sinhagad Road areas. Expressing dissatisfaction with the administration’s handling of the situation, Sule held discussions with Municipal Commissioner Rajendra Bhosale for nearly an hour.

Addressing the media after her visit, Sule stated, “I have personally witnessed the damage caused by rainwater in the affected households. It’s evident that roads have been constructed over drains in many areas, while in others, drainage systems have been improperly diverted. As a result, numerous residents have suffered extensive water damage.”

She demanded swift action against officials and contractors responsible for these lapses and urged the municipal administration to provide immediate assistance to affected citizens.

Highlighting the urgency of the situation, Sule called upon the state government to prioritize Pune city’s infrastructure needs. She announced her intention to write to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, emphasizing the need for prompt action to address the city’s vulnerabilities.

Furthermore, Sule issued a stern warning to the municipal administration, stating that if drainage systems were not cleaned within the next eight days, she and the affected residents would stage protests demanding accountability and swift remedial measures.