Pune: After facing distress due to shortage of water at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) campus, students residing at the SPPU hostels got a little respite as water supply to the varsity was in the process of being restored from Tuesday.
The university hostels were running dry because no water was available for the past few days. However, now officials of Water Supply Department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have assured that water will be fully restored on the varsity campus by Wednesday.
Over 3,000 students are residing at the university hostels. Students were seen standing in long queues to fill buckets of water during morning hours on the campus.
“There was no water for taking a bath, so we had to manage with water used for construction,” said a student. The administration stated they require 10 to 15 tankers to refill the water tanks of all hostels, however, due to water scarcity the PMC has been supplying only 7 to 8 water tankers to the varsity.
PMC Water Supply Department Deputy Engineer Rajendra Jadhav stated that the reason for inadequate distribution of water was high demand for water across the city. “Shortage of water supply is observed at several places, especially during summers. Similar problem was experienced in the past few days,” Jadhav said.
“Our distribution is expanded in areas like Baner, Bavdhan, Hinjewadi and Balewadi. We had been supplying water for counselling sessions for counting of votes. We are now preparing for counting day, for which we have already received the number of water tankers required,” added Jadhav.
“Due to all these reasons, for past couple of days, there has been a management problem. However, from Monday evening water has been restored in several areas,” he added.
However, students claimed that slowly water supply is in the process of being restored in hostels on the campus, but canteens are yet to receive water in full force.
Jadhav said, “We are trying to restore as much water supply as possible to different areas and university is one of the target places. By Wednesday, water supply at the university will be normal. We also provide water to Inter-University Centre for Astrophysics and Astronomy (IUCAA).”