Res­i­dents, ho­tels tap al­ter­na­tive sources

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

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.”


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