Gram pan­chayat to drill borewells for hous­ing so­ci­eties in Kamothe GAR­DENS IN THE CITY

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

To re­solve the is­sue of in­ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply in Kamothe, it was de­cided on Fri­day that the hous­ing so­ci­eties fac­ing wa­ter short­age will be pro­vided with a borewell which will be drilled in by the Kamothe gram pan­chayat.

The an­nounce­ment came fol­low­ing a mor­cha or­gan­ised by the Peas­ants and Work­ers Party to the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion ( Cidco) of­fice in Kamothe to re­store ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply to the node and other de­mands re­lated to Kamothe.

With very lit­tle stock of wa­ter avail­able in Morbe dam lead­ing to wa­ter cuts in NMMC ar­eas, the sup­ply to Kamothe area that falls un­der Cidco ju­ris­dic­tion has been cur­tailed by NMMC. This has led to acute wa­ter short­age in the node.

Kamothe re­quires a sup­ply of 40mld of wa­ter, which so far had been sup­plied by Morbe dam. The be­low av­er­age rain­fall this year has re­duced the wa­ter stock in the dam. With the NMMC hav­ing to re­duce wa­ter sup­ply even within its ju­ris­dic­tion, which is a pri­or­ity, it has nat­u­rally stopped sup­ply to Kamothe as well.

The PWP mor­cha from Sec­tor 20 in Kamothe to the Cidco of­fice was led by for­mer MLA Vivek Patil and for­mer zilla par­ishad pres­i­dent Balaram Patil. A large num­ber of PWP work­ers and res­i­dents par­tic­i­pated in the mor­cha.

A del­e­ga­tion of PWP lead­ers met Cidco su­per­in­ten­dent en­gi­neer RJ Giri, Ki­ran Phanse and ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer Dilip Bokade to dis­cuss the is­sue and sub­mit­ted a mem­o­ran­dum to them,

Giri said, “The short­age is be­cause we are get­ting lesser wa­ter from NMMC and MJP. We are in dis­cus­sions to re­solve the is­sue and are con­fi­dent that a way out of this all will be found soon.”

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, Vivek Patil an­nounced, “Cidco is un­able to sup­ply wa­ter to the node. The so­ci­eties that are fac­ing short­age will be pro­vided free borewells by Kamothe gram­pan­chayat.”

He added, “It will at least help pro­vide wa­ter for daily ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties.” Scared Heart School, Vashi stu­dents send out a mes­sage of saving wa­ter dur­ing their an­nual day cel­e­bra­tions.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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