Civic body to tackle wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Dehrang dam Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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