India, May 8 -- The Bhama Askhed water pipeline project was designed to meet drinking water needs of 14.5 lakh residents of eastern Pune. However, agitations by farmers and issues of rightful compensation for land acquired is a hindrance to the project.

In a meeting held in the first week of March, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other concerned government officials discussed the issues of the farmers. Fadnavis, then, announced Rs 15 lakh per hectare compensation to the 1,414 farmers who were affected by the project and asked Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to bear the cost. Farmers accepted the compensation and the work of the pipeline began.

However, during the Lok Sabha elections, the agitated farmers stalled the water pipeline...