‘Water cuts ordered in Oct’
SAYS CIVIC CHIEF The water department did not act in time, Opposition says delay because of NCP pressure
CBD BELAPUR: Municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare has refused to take the blame for the delay in timely measures being taken in view of the shortage of drinking water in the city. Waghmare has stated that he had ordered a water cut in the first week of October itself, but the water department did not implement it.
The Opposition claims that the delay was due to the ruling party, the NCP’s pressure on the officials as they did not want to be seen failing in providing adequate water to the residents, which they have promised for years. The NCP denies the charge.
There is a growing feeling that had NMMC taken corrective steps early, the water cut would not have been as grave as it is now as more water could have been saved in the past few months.
Responding to the complaint, Waghmare said, “The fact is that I had ordered a water cut more than two months back. There was no delay from my side. However, the water supply department did not implement
it in time.”
Interestingly, the commissioner did not take any action against the department for the delay in implementation. Asked about it, he said, “It was in the first week of October that I sanctioned the water cut. The water department however said
that the people of the city will be upset if there is any reduction in water supply, hence they delayed it.”
Shockingly, the commissioner had to finally force the department to act. Waghmare said, “I issued strict orders to the department to implement
the cut with immediate effect. It was then that they complied.” He added, “I also asked them to spread awareness on conservation of water amongst the residents. Both the programmes have to be implemented parallel to each other.”
The official 25% water cut in the city has hit the residents hard.
Apart from the regular water supply shutdown, there is irregular supply at other times. Some areas have to go without any water supply for days together. Others get water supply at low pressure.
As per the environment status report, NMMC sources 435MLD of water from Morbe dam and MIDC. Of this, 82 MLD water is lost to leakages and thefts.