Pipe­line work be­gins, gives hopes to Kharghar lo­cals hit by wa­ter cri­sis

FI­NALLY High court, for­est dept give nod for the project which falls in CRZ, for­est land

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

PAN­VEL: Res­i­dents dis­grun­tled with the wa­ter short­age can now heave a sigh of re­lief as work on a new pipe­line be­tween Kamothe and Kharghar has be­gun.

City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion ( Cidco) is lay­ing the pipe­line, which had been stalled as 1km of it falls in the creek area.

Owing to the in­com­plete Kalamboli- Hetawane g rid, nodes in the Cidco ju­ris­dic­tion are fac­ing a wa­ter crunch de­spite there be­ing wa­ter in the Hetawane Dam.

The pipe­line be­tween Kamothe- Kharghar will com­plete the grid. The project had been de­layed as the pipe­line lies in the Coastal Reg­u­la­tion Zone ( CRZ) and the for­est, en­vi­ron­ment and other de­part­ments had not granted due per­mis­sions.

“Now t he Bom­bay high court has given per­mis­sion and the en­vi­ron­ment and for­est de­part­ments too have given the go- ahead. The work has been en­trusted to Koya and Com­pany,” said a Cidco of­fi­cial on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“Cidco had ear­lier ear­marked the area for lay­ing the pipe­line. Pil­ing work has be­gun. Col­umns will be erected and the pipe­line will be placed on them,” said a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Koya and Com­pany.

The 1,500mm-di­ame­tre wa­ter pipe­line will be laid from Kamothe’s Mansarovar Ho­tel to Kharghar’s Sec­tor 26. The pipe­line will sup­ply wa­ter from Hetawane Dam to Kharghar, Kamothe and Kalamboli. It will also make it eas­ier to sup­ply wa­ter from Ma­ha­rash­tra Jee­van Prad­hikaran ( MJP) to Kamothe node.

Wa­ter sup­ply pipe­lines in New Pan­vel, Khanda colony, Kalamboli, Kamothe and Kharghar nodes have been con­nected to each other. New Pan­vel and Kalamboli nodes get wa­ter from MJP.

Kamothe gets wa­ter from Na vi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s (NMMC) morbe dam. How­ever, since the wa­ter level in the dam is low, Kamothe is now re­ceiv­ing less wa­ter.

While Cidco has re­served 150 mld from Hetawane Dam for Kharghar, there is no pro­vi­sion for sup­ply to other nodes.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Pipes stacked at the project site in Kharghar on Satur­day.

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