Civic body to tackle water supply system
Owing to the water cut in the city, several areas in the city have been receiving low pressure water supply. Residents are having a tough time trying to collect as much water as they can daily. This has also led to water thefts in various areas. With the administration taking little action against it, the water mafia is having a free run.
Water is supplied to the city from Morbe dam. However, there is inadequate water stock in the dam this year owing to below average rainfall and lack of timely measures by the civic body. The dam is filled at present to just 40% capacity that will last only for the next four months.
The administration t hat finally woke up to the situation recently has announced a 25% cut in water supply. Some residents, who are used to regular water supply, do not seem to be ready to adjust to the change and have hence come up with new ways to circumvent the cut and get their full quota of water.
In the gaothan areas, several people have, along with civic pipelines, laid additional parallel ille gal pipelines. This has affected common water supply to all.
The buildings that have illegal water pipelines are getting adequate supply as they now have two sources. As for buildings dependent only on the legal pipeline connection, the water pressure is very low.
Such situations have been reported from Kopar Khairane, Ghansoli, Airoli, Juhugaon, Vashi gaon, Sanpada and other parts of the city.
Prakash Mhatre, a resident of Kopar Khairane, said, “This is such a brazenly conducted illegal act, yet the civic authorities have not taken any action against them.” Kishore Suryavanshi, a social worker from Rabale said, “There are still illegal water connections in slums and MIDC areas, with few checks in place.”
He said, “Those taking legal connections and paying their bills regularly are the ones who are suffering.”
NMMC water department officials said they were looking into the complaints and strict action would be taken against those indulging in illegal sourcing of water.
Also, a number of single unit structures (LIG houses) in the city have resorted to additional constructions. They now have shops on the ground and the additional floor constructed houses the owner or tenant.
To ensure the water reaches the upper floor, motor pumps have been installed by residents. This is a common sight in the mathadi colony of Kopar Khairane.
Taking into account the estimated population of Panvel city in 2045, the Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC) has planned to strengthen the city’s water supply system.
A Rs153-crore plan has been prepared for the purpose. The plan has been verified by t he t echnical management committee of the central government. Thereafter, the plan has been submitted to the central gover nment for sanction under i t s Amrut Yojana scheme. PMC officials are confident that the project will be sanctioned soon.
As the capacity of Dehrang dam is low, PMC is dependent on MJP, MIDC and CIDCO from whom it purchases water to supply to Panvel residents. Apart from using water from Dehrang dam, PMC has to spend Rs50 lakh to buy water every month. I t , however, receives a revenue of less than Rs40 lakh thereby suffering a loss of Rs10 lakh every month. PMC ends up suffering a loss of almost Rs1.5 cr every year.
The situation is affecting development work in the city and has also forced PMC to take loans.
There were discussions held between the administration and the elected representatives to ensure enough water supply for the entire year for Panvel, which led to the plan for strengthening the water supply system.
A survey was conducted to i n c re a s e the height of the dam. The consultant has s ubmitted a re por t to t he ef f ect t o PMC. Ef f or t s are also going to be made to use the water that overflows from the dam during the monsoon.
A 38 mld capacity water f i l t eration plant has been proposed.
The plant will be constructed at a level below that of the dam according to the plan. The water distribution system as required and depending on the population of the area, 6 elevated water tanks will be constructed in the city.
The water supply in t he city will be done t hrough pumping which will ensure increased water pressure for the residents. For this purpose a detailed budget and plan have been submitted to the government.