NMMC us­ing drink­ing wa­ter for its gar­dens, com­plain res­i­dents

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

The green­ery, plants and trees in 200 gar­dens in the city are wa­tered with drink­ing wa­ter ev­ery day at a time when the city is grap­pling with wa­ter short­age.

Around 15mld of wa­ter is re­leased in the gar­dens ev­ery day by the civic per­son­nel, deny­ing the res­i­dents that much fresh wa­ter. In con­trast, 180MLD of treated wa­ter from the sewage treat­ment plants of the city, which can be used in the gar­dens is re­leased into the creek ev­ery day.

The wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment has re­peat­edly asked the gar­den depart­ment to use the sewage treat­ment plant ( STP) wa­ter how­ever, the depart­ment and the con­trac­tors seem to be pay­ing lit­tle at­ten­tion to the crim­i­nal wastage of the pre­cious re­source for years.

Navi Mum­bai is f ac­ing a grave wa­ter cri­sis. The Morbe dam is re­ported to have its stock of wa­ter last only till March. To en­sure that the wa­ter lasts till June, the NMMC has ini­ti­ated a 25% wa­ter cut in the city. Though the res­i­dents are up­set, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has said that it has no op­tion but to take stern ac­tion.

The NMMC has ap­pealed to the res­i­dents to not waste wa­ter and con­serve it.

It is re­ported to have also ini­ti­ated ac­tion against those who in­dulge in the wastage. It has also dis­trib­uted pham­plets giv­ing res­i­dents tips on how to save wa­ter.

The NMMC has around 200 gar­dens in the city spread over 7.92 lakh square me­tre area.

The NMMC pro­vides wa­ter for the gar­dens. Ev­ery gar­den has been given a wa­ter con­nec­tion.

Res­i­dents are peeved that the NMMC is not practising what it is preach­ing.

Sanjeev Gupta, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 29, Vashi, said, “The work­ers of the gar­den depart­ment can be seen us­ing the hose to spray wa­ter on the green­ery ev­ery morn­ing. In fact, at times, more than the re­quired wa­ter is re­leased re­sult­ing in wa­ter log­ging at sev­eral places. At times, there is no one to stop the flow of wa­ter from the pipe which con­tin­ues to release wa­ter.”

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment, ev­ery day, 15mld wa­ter is given for the gar­den depart­ment. The vol­ume is equiv­a­lent to the re­quire­ment of en­tire Digha re­gion.

Arvind Shinde, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer ( wa­ter sup­ply), said, “We have re­peat­edly asked the wa­ter depart­ment to make sure there is no wastage of wa­ter be­cause of neg­li­gence.”

He added, “We have also asked them to use the treated wa­ter from the STPs and stop us­ing the drink­ing wa­ter that can be used for the res­i­den­tial ar­eas.”

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