‘Wa­ter cuts or­dered in Oct’

SAYS CIVIC CHIEF The wa­ter depart­ment did not act in time, Op­po­si­tion says de­lay be­cause of NCP pres­sure

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

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.

HT FILE

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.

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