‘Give Cidco of­fi­cials cop cover dur­ing wa­ter protests’

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

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Con­cerned by the ris­ing dis­tress among res­i­dents over the acute wa­ter short­age in the city, City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion ( Cidco) has planned to step up se­cu­rity of its of­fi­cials.

“We have met with the po­lice depart­ment and re­quested t hem t o pro­vide ad­e­quate se­cu­rity to our of­fi­cers and per­son­nel dur­ing the ral­lies and ag­i­ta­tions,” said Ramesh Giri, su­per­in­tend­ing en­gi­neer ( wa­ter sup­ply), Cidco.

In the past few weeks, res­i­dents, sup­ported by po­lit­i­cal par­ties, have or­gan­ised sev­eral ral­lies to protest against the wa­ter short­age. Owing to tremen­dous pres­sure, Cidco has re­quested the po­lice to pro­vide ad­di­tional se­cu­rity to its per­son­nel dur­ing ral­lies.

Wed­nes­day’s i nci­dent of ink be­ing thrown at an of­fi­cial dur­ing a rally by the BJP has fur­ther fu­elled the fears of the Cidco.

“With elec­tions due next year in Pan­vel, the po­lit­i­cal par­ties have found an is­sue to cash in on. We have more than one rally ev­ery day,” said a Cidco of­fi­cial, on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“On Wed­nes­day, i nk was thrown on ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer Dilip Bokde at Kamothe, next time it could be some­thing se­ri­ous,” he said.

New Pan­vel and Khanda colonies have 4,040 hous­ing units and 2,650 hous­ing so­ci­eties. Kalamboli has 5,900 hous­ing units and around 1,150 hous­ing so­ci­eties.

To cater to the ris­ing pop­u­la­tion in th­ese ar­eas, Cidco needs 85 mil­lion litres of wa­ter a day ( mld) from Ma­ha­rash­tra Jee­van Prad­hikaran ( MJP). With MJP re­sort­ing to a 25% cut, Cidco gets only 60 mld of wa­ter, that too with low pres- sure. This has l ed to acute wa­ter short­age.

Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion sup­plies 38 mld to Cidco to cater to 5,000 con­sumers in Kharghar and Kamothe ar­eas that re­quire over 50 mld.

How­ever, NMMC too has re­sorted to wa­ter cuts. “Last week only 15 mld wa­ter was re­ceived from NMMC’s Morbe dam. Hence, Kamothe faced wa­ter crunch,” said Giri.

Hetawane dam’s 150 mld is re­served for Cidco but since the pump­ing ca­pac­ity is low, al­most 40% wa­ter re­mains un­used.

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