NMMC prom­ises pol­icy as res­i­dents com­plain of poor wa­ter sup­ply

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

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Sev­eral parts of the city have been wit­ness­ing wa­ter cut and low- pres­sure sup­ply since last week with­out prior com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion.

Owing to poor rain­fall, wa­ter cuts have been an­nounced in sev­eral parts of the state.

Cidco had an­nounced a 20% wa­ter cut from Novem­ber 6. How­ever, the NMMC has not made any such an­nounce­ment de­spite the re­port­edly low stock in Morbe dam, the source of wa­ter for the city.

The rul­ing Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party had prided it­self on not an­nounc­ing wa­ter cuts in the city.

An NMMC of­fi­cial said on the con­di­tion of anonymity, “The wa­ter stock in Morbe is very low. The wa­ter will last for three to four months.”

He added that there was a need for proper plan­ning and wa­ter cut if the stock has to last till the next mon­soon.

He said, “The NMMC had an­nounced a shut­down last Thurs­day and Fri­day for re­pair works. This had led to low pres­sure wa­ter sup­ply in some ar­eas while some were not get­ting it for only a few hours.”

The ac­tion has led to ma­jor prob­lems for the res­i­dents who are used to a 24x7 wa­ter sup­ply.

Kopar Khairane has been the worst- af­fected. The node has been get­ting wa­ter with very low pres­sure since Fri­day. While some sec­tors did not get any wa­ter sup­ply for two days, oth­ers did not get it un­til ear­lier this week.

Even as wa­ter is sup­plied to sev­eral ar­eas in tankers, Kopar Khairane res­i­dents could not get hold of tankers on Mon­day owing to ris­ing de­mand.

BN Ku­mar, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 17, Kopar Khairane, said, “There is a ter­ri­ble wa­ter short­age in our area. Even the wa­ter tankers are not avail­able. We have to wait for hours to get sup­ply. The sit­u­a­tion is sim­i­lar in Sec­tor 3.”

NMMC ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer (wa­ter sup­ply) Arvind Shinde said, “We have asked for wa­ter man­age­ment at the ward level to the of­fi­cials. Soon, we will be fi­nal­is­ing a pol­icy on wa­ter.”

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