Wa­ter for drink­ing, not con­struc­tion, say tanker own­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In our let­ter to San­jay Bha­tia, Cidco’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, we have ex­plained the wa­ter sup­plied to the con­struc­tion sites is the quarry wa­ter and not Cidco wa­ter. If the wa­ter tankers are banned, we will lose our liveli­hood ATAMARAM PATIL, tanker owner who is lead­ing the ag­i­ta­tion

PAN­VEL: As res­i­dents reel un­der an acute wa­ter short­age, lo­cal politi­cians have al­leged that tankers have been sup­ply­ing wa­ter meant for res­i­den­tial use to con­struc­tion sites.

How­ever, tanker own­ers have de­nied the al­le­ga­tion and said the wa­ter was for drink­ing and not for con­struc­tion.

With fre­quent wa­ter cuts, res­i­dents of City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) colonies in Pan­vel, are heav­ily de­pen­dent on wa­ter tankers for their daily needs. Fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions, the lo­cal politi­cians had de­manded a ban on the tankers.

The tanker own­ers, who are project-af­fected peo­ple (PAP), have de­cided to unite un­der the lead­er­ship of At­maram Patil and ag­i­tate against the de­mand to ban wa­ter tankers.

“We will not tol­er­ate such al­le­ga­tions against us,” said tanker owner Suresh Bha­gat.

The tanker own­ers of Kalamboli and nearby ar­eas have de­cided to form a front.

“The tankers do not sup­ply wa­ter to the con­struc­tion sites. Each wa­ter tanker costs Rs1,500 which is not fea­si­ble for con­struc­tion sites. We will meet Cidco’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor San­jay Bha­tia to dis­cuss the is­sue,” said Patil.

“In our let­ter to Bha­tia, we have ex­plained the wa­ter sup­plied to the con­struc­tion sites is the quarry wa­ter and not Cidco wa­ter,” said Patil. “If the wa­ter tankers are banned, we will lose our liveli­hood.”

The wa­ter sup­plied to res­i­dents is pur­chased by Cidco from Kalamboli and New Pan­vel ar­eas from Ma­ha­rash­tra Jee­van Prad­hikaran (MJP).

Since the MJP pipe­lines are old and di­lap­i­dated, there is reg­u­lar shut­down. Hence, ad­e­quate wa­ter is not sup­plied to both the nodes of­ten. The sit­u­a­tion is com­pounded by the fact that MJP has cut down on the wa­ter sup­ply re­cently.

Kalamboli has been get­ting only 22-24 mil­lion litres a day, much less than its re­quire­ment which is al­most dou­ble. New Pan­vel too is fac­ing sim­i­lar is­sues. Since wa­ter is re­leased in all the Sec­tors at the same time, the pres­sure is very low. Hence, the up­per floors of the build­ings of­ten did not get any wa­ter, said res­i­dents.

More­over, since Kalamboli is lo­cated in a low-ly­ing area and Road­pali is sit­u­ated at a height, there is greater wa­ter pres­sure in Kalamboli than in Road­pali.

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