Of­fi­cials re­new ef­forts to sell treated wa­ter

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BELAPUR: De­spite pre­vi­ous plans, Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has failed to start sup­ply­ing treated wa­ter from its state-of-the-art sewage treat­ment plants. As a re­sult, 190 mil­lion litres of wa­ter daily (MLD) is re­leased into the creek, un­used.

Ow­ing to poor rains, the civic body has now re­newed its ef­forts and is draw­ing up a new plan to mar­ket the treated wa­ter.

Thanks to Morbe dam, the satel­lite city has not yet faced a wa­ter short­age. How­ever, with wa­ter stock in the dam ad­e­quate for only seven months, the civic author­i­ties are gear­ing up with con­tin­gency plans to tackle the sit­u­a­tion in the up­com­ing sum- mer sea­son.

“With the pre­vail­ing sit­u­a­tion and tak­ing into ac­count the needs of the fu­ture, it has be­come im­por­tant that all such re­sources are made max­i­mum use of and hence, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has swung into ac­tion,” said an NMMC of­fi­cial.

NMMC has spent around Rs500 crore to set up the mod­ern sewage treat­ment plants (STPs) in the city. Around 200 MLD of wa­ter is treat- ed ev­ery day at these plants. This wa­ter can be used for gar­dens, con­struc­tions and other works where at present the Morbe dam wa­ter is used. Be­sides, NMMC had also es­ti­mated rev­enue of Rs150 crore from the sale of this treated wa­ter.

How­ever, in the past five years, no one has come for­ward to pur­chase the wa­ter. Sources said that the civic body it­self has been lethar­gic in mar­ket­ing the treated wa­ter. This has led to the treated wa­ter be­ing re­leased into the creek.

“Only 10 mld of treated wa­ter is used for wa­ter­ing the plants in the road di­viders, for clean­ing ve­hi­cles and by a hous­ing so­ci­ety for its gar­den and clean­ing pur­pose. NMMC now plans to make sim­i­lar use of the re­main­ing 190 mld of wa­ter. It has de­cided to re­sort to ag­gres­sive mar­ket­ing to sell the wa­ter,” the of­fi­cial said.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Wagh­mare con­firmed the plans to mar­ket the treated wa­ter. “We are plan­ning to sup­ply the STP wa­ter in the com­ing days to in­dus­tries, cold stor­ages and other such es­tab­lish­ments. Plans are be­ing made ac­cord­ingly,” said Wagh­mare.

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