In a desperate attempt to tackle water crisis in the city, the MCGM has decided to dig 300 wells. The proposal to dig ring wells was passed by the civic standing committee meeting. The MCGM has appointed three contractors to dig new ring wells in the city in order to tackle the water crisis of the city. As many as 100 ring wells, each measuring not more than 3.5 metres in diameter, will be dug in city, eastern and western suburbs each. The civic body had allocated Rs 41 crore to construct and clean up ring wells in the 2010-’11 budget. Corporators in a standing committee meeting in November 2009 had suggested that ring wells were better than borewells. They had said the ring wells would have better life and would not pose the problem of drinking water getting mixed with saline water. The proposal to dig ring wells was passed by the civic standing committee meeting. He added that the ring wells will provide additional water to the city. The administration said the contractors wouldn’t be paid if saline water was found in the ring well. Meanwhile, some dissenting voices were heard about the administration paying the contractor a steep 3.69 lakh to dig one well. With cameraperson Deepak Kamble, Vasudha Dhumak for NMTV News.
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