Sena blames NCP for water supply mismanagement
The Shiv Sena has blamed the ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in NMMC for mismanagement of water supply in the city and also the smart city controversy.
NMMC opposition leader Vijay Chougule held a press conference at the NMMC headquarters on Thursday on the issue of water supply and the smart city project.
Shiv Sena corporators Namdeo Bhagat , Kishore Patkar, Shivram Patil and BJP group leader Ramchandra Gharat were present at the press meet.
Chougule said, “It is not as if that NMMC found out about inadequate rainfall only now. It was clear during the monsoon months itself that the rainfall this year is going to be below average.”
Chougule questioned why timely action was not taken. Till recently, the ruling party had been going about town claiming that there is enough water to last till the next monsoon, said Chougule.
“Had they initiated strict measures to save water early, the residents would not have had to face the misery they are in today,” said Chougule.
“Despite spending crores of rupees on the purchase of the dam and now on maintaining the dam and pipeline infrastructure, we are faced with this situation. Further, NMMC is still reeling under losses in water supply,” said Chougule.
According to Chougule, “For the past seven years, since the construction of the sewage treatment plants in the city, the city has not been able to use the treated water, which is dumped in the creek.”
Chougule said, “Had that water been used in the gardens of the city, where at present, drinking water is used, we could have saved so much.”
Chougule said, “We will be meeting municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare to ask him to provide water tanker service in areas which are facing water shortages.”
A delegation of Shiv Sena and BJP corporators will be visiting Morbe dam on Monday to take stock of the situation. 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 will be empty by March.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Coporation (NMMC) had announced that it has resorted to making a 22% to 25% water cut in the city. With several residents complaining of lack of water in their area on Sunday, t he Shiv Sena organised a ‘ matka morcha’ agitation on Monday.
For the past seven years, since the construction of the sewage treatment plants in the city, the city has not been able to use the treated water, which is dumped in the creek. VIJAY CHOUGULE, NMMC opposition leader