Pune, 23rd March 2023: Residents of Mohammadwadi and Undri areas in Pune have paid a total of Rs 223 crores in property tax since 2015. However, an RTI application filed by a concerned citizen and Nyati County Residents Forum (NCRF) member, Sunil Koloti, revealed that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has been silent on how much of this money has been spent on erecting water supply infrastructure in the area.
Despite the area facing severe water shortages for the past decade, the PMC has not provided any details about the funds spent on improving water supply infrastructure, even as 50 large residential societies in the area have paid property tax for the past seven years.
The PMC has also failed to provide information on how much of the property tax collected from the area has been spent on road widening and infrastructure development, as well as on the 24×7 water supply scheme for Mohammadwadi and Undri.
Former Mohammadwadi corporator Nana Bhangire stated that the 24×7 water supply scheme is moving at a slow pace, and there is no source of water for the area. He also noted that the area’s location at a height makes water supply a challenging task.
Koloti expressed concern that none of the collected funds have been used for infrastructure development, and non-paying individuals seem to be benefiting from the collections. He called on the PMC to ensure that the collected funds are used to provide basic amenities such as water supply, roads, sewage lines, and to tackle encroachments in the area.