Residents, hotels tap alternative sources
NAVI MUMBAI: With the NMMC supplying less water, the housing societies, hotels and enterprises are finding no option but to fend for themselves.
“We used to get round the clock water supply till November last year. There was a tough time for us after the NMMC imposed a 20% water cut at first which increased to 30% later. Then our society decided to drill one borewell in the last week of December and the situation is normal as of now,” said Bhupal Singh, 31, a resident of RS Palace at Sector 19B, Kopar Khairane.
Shiv Parvati CHS of Nerul, Sector 21, has drilled one borewell spending around Rs 75,000 to tack- le the situation.
“We are not feeling the hit like other residents of Navi Mumbai because of this,” said R Mukadam, a resident of the society.
Purchasing water in tankers appears to be another option, but many societes are unable to do it for long owing to a lack of funds.
Manoj Mane, 46, a resident of Ganesh Tower in Sector 1, Vashi said, “There are around 176 flats in our society and we are getting water for only five to six hours ( morning and evening) a day. Initially, we used to purchase water from tankers but had to stop it as we don’t have the necessary funds. It costs anything between Rs1,800 to 3,500 for one tank of water.”
“There is no individual water tank for each flat in our building. So we are now trying to manage with the little water we can save in buckets,” he added.
The water cut has affected the hotel industry too. A manager of a prominent hotel in Vashi, Sector 17 said, “Instead of 24 hours, we are now getting water for four hours a day. But we have a tank with a capacity of 6,000 litres. So we don’t face much problems as long as we have water in store. Otherwise, we purchase water from tankers and filter it. However, we are not increasing the prices of the food because of this.”
Even during the crisis, several societies are allegedly wasting water for less important activities. “Even after repeated requests, we have seen many people wasting water by cleaning society compound walls and vehicles. We cannot penalise them for that,” said one civic official.
Arvind Shinde, executive engineer of NMMC water supply, said, “We encourage people to find alternate sources of water and drilling borewells is one of them. We have made it clear that housing societies do not need civic permission for doing that. So far, very few societies have opted for this and got good results.”
PURCHASING TANKER WATER APPEARS TO BE ANOTHER OPTION, BUT MANY SOCIETES CANNOT AFFORD IT