Residents are compelled to pay a premium for potable water.

Residents in the Blueridge Township in the Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR) pay 20 paise per square foot of their flat area each month for securing water . Health risks in the township are on the rise as a result, according to a resident .

Pune: Despite the state policy clearly putting the blame on the project developers, potable water has been a huge issue in many integrated townships in Maharashtra, where residents are being compelled to provide it at a price.This is due to the existence of a tube settler plant in each of our communities on the township level and a water treatment plant.Health risks in the township are on the rise as a result, according to a resident of the Blueridge Township in the Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR).Residents in the township pay 20 paise per square foot of their flat area each month for securing water, which is then treated to make it drinkable, and all this only adds to the cost.

Residents in the Blueridge Township said that since the integrated townships are being completed in phases, there are about 3,500 flats in five societies, and the demand for water will rise even higher without a separate source of water provided by the builder or the authorities concerned, according to one resident.Outside of our township, there is a SEZ (special economic zone), and a second one has just been completed.They also require a viable water source in the area.In the summer season, the irrigation department has to be asked to provide water for us, he said.

There is no adequate water testing.We also have to rely on water tankers to supply over 800 flats in each of the towns in the township, according to an angry resident.Officials from the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) said the department was monitoring the towns and would charge penalties for any anomalies after investigating claims.We haven't received a complaint so far.

Several of the other issues plaguing the integrated townships in the state include a long time to complete the projects, multiple taxation, poor or incomplete facilities, delay in conveyance to societies, and the absence of local bodies for townships under the pretence of incomplete townships.