The Smart City corporation, headed by Rubal Agarwal, is using data analytics and technology to track cases and project future needs. It has also launched a couple of apps to enable coordination among stakeholders.
The COVID lockdown, restrictions on public gatherings, and even on the kind of idols that may be worshipped have cast a shadow over Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations this year. Idol-makers are among the worst hit.
Pune municipal authorities cite lack of infrastructure and geographical constraints to justify the need for tankers. But citizens claim there is a nexus between local politicians, bureaucrats and the tanker lobby.