NMMC on save mode, im­poses 25% wa­ter cut

Civic body writes to hous­ing so­ci­eties on conserving wa­ter, asks res­i­dents to not waste drink­ing wa­ter on wash­ing ve­hi­cles

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

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Co­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has an­nounced that it would im­pose a 22% to 25% wa­ter cut in the city.

The wa­ter cuts have up­set cit­i­zens. With sev­eral res­i­dents com­plain­ing of lack of wa­ter in their area, the Shiv Sena staged a ‘ matka mor­cha’ ag­i­ta­tion on Mon­day. One of the smart city pa­ram­e­ters is to have 24x7 wa­ter sup­ply.

NMMC sources say that the wa­ter stock in Morbe dam is be­low nor­mal. Fears are be­ing ex­pressed that if wa­ter is not used ju­di­ciously, the dam would be empty by March.

Arvind Shinde, NMMC ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer (wa­ter sup­ply), said, “We ap­peal to the res­i­dents to con­serve wa­ter and not waste it. They should co­op­er­ate with us to save at least 25% wa­ter.”

The NMMC had sup­plied wa­ter for 24 hours to al­most 80% of the ar­eas in the city. In the rest of the city, wa­ter was sup­plied for at least four hours in a day. Due to poor rain­fall this year, the Morbe dam did not fill up.

Only a 25% wa­ter cut can en­sure that there is wa­ter sup­ply to res­i­dents till the next mon­soon.

But the wa­ter cut sched­ule was not com­mu­ni­cated in time to all the cit­i­zens, which led to sev­eral peo­ple not get­ting drink­ing wa­ter on Satur­day and Sun­day, be­cause they had not stocked up. With the taps sud­denly run­ning dry, the res­i­dents were peeved.

With res­i­dents plan­ning protests, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has started is­su­ing let­ters to ev­ery hous­ing so­ci­ety to ap­prise them about the wa­ter cut, ways to save wa­ter and the sched­ule of wa­ter sup­ply. Shinde said, “NMMC has asked res­i­dents to con­serve wa­ter. It has asked them to not waste wa­ter in wash­ing of ve­hi­cles and other work.”

He added, “The wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment has told the gar­dens depart­ment not to use drink­ing wa­ter to wa­ter plants. It has asked the depart­ment to use wa­ter from the sewage treat­ment plant in­stead.”

Shinde said, “We will en­sure that cit­i­zens get three hours of wa­ter sup­ply daily. Res­i­dents of MIDC ar­eas will face wa­ter cuts on Thurs­day and Fri­day.”

ONLY A 25% WA­TER CUT NOW CAN EN­SURE THAT THERE IS WA­TER SUP­PLY TO THE RES­I­DENTS TILL THE NEXT MON­SOON.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

NMMC Op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule speaks at a press con­fer­ence at NMMC head­quar­ters.

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