Sena blames NCP for wa­ter sup­ply mis­man­age­ment

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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

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