The Bombay High court on Friday restrained the Thane and Pune Municipal corporation from issuing fresh commencement and occupation certificates to new constructions in Ghodbunder and Baner/Balewadi areas, respectively, until further orders.
A division bench of Chief Justice Manjulla Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar said, “Water scarcity is a major problem faced by cities. In the future it will increase if corrective steps not taken now.”
The bench has asked both the corporations to submit an affidavit within two weeks giving details about how many construction projects are ongoing in the areas and their source of getting water. If water is drawn from bore well then how many such bore well are there in the area. The court said, “Such a study will help in the future.”
The bench issued the directions while hearing two petitions filed by sitting corporator from Pune Amol Balwadkar and Thane resident Advocate VP Patil. Both the petitions highlighted the acute shortage of water in the areas and claimed that residents were sometimes not supplied water for a day. It was also argued that supply of water per as per central scheme, per person should be allowed 150 litres per day. However, the supply is less. To meet the requirement, citizens are forced to call for water tankers.