180 mld of treated wa­ter thrown into sea

Around 200 mld wa­ter treated in sewage treat­ment plants, but less than 1% be­ing sup­plied to res­i­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com The sewage treat­ment plant in Turbhe.

At a time when the en­tire city of Navi Mum­bai is reel­ing un­der se­vere wa­ter cri­sis, Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) is throw­ing over 180 mld treated wa­ter into the sea.

As of now, they are treat­ing around 200 mld wa­ter in its sewage treat­ment plants. How­ever, less than 1% of this wa­ter is be­ing sup­plied to the res­i­dents for gar­den­ing and clean­ing pur­poses. Re­main­ing wa­ter is be­ing re­leased to the sea due to lack of in­fra­struc­ture.

Sep­a­rate pipe­lines are nec­es­sary for dis­tribut­ing the treated wa­ter to the res­i­dents. How­ever, the city of Navi Mum­bai hardly has such pipe­lines and hence 99% of this wa­ter is get­ting wasted ev­ery day.

Worse, NMMC has not fi­nalised any con­crete plan to al­le­vi­ate the wa­ter cri­sis by uti­liz­ing max­i­mum treated wa­ter.

Di­nesh Waghmare, mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner of NMMC said, “There was a pro­posal of in­stalling such pipe­lines (start­ing from Kopar Khairane to other ar­eas) spend­ing around Rs250 crore un­der the smart city plan. Since Navi Mum­bai is now not in the first phase of smart city plan, we can’t say whether that will be im­ple­mented or not.”

“In­stalling such pipe­lines on pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship is also not a prac­ti­cal idea as peo­ple hardly show in­ter­est to pur­chase treated wa­ter which is not potable. There­fore we are still dis­cussing the mat­ter and may ask for fund from govern­ment to ex­e­cute this pro­ject which has be­come a need of hours,” he added.

When asked why NMMC did not plan any­thing about it ear­lier he said, “Till last year we re­ceived good rain­fall and had wa­ter sur­plus. There­fore uti­liza­tion of treated wa­ter was not so im­por­tant as it has be­come now. Since a huge bud­get was also in­volved with this, there was no haste to ex­e­cute such a plan.”

Less than 20 mld treated wa­ter is now be­ing used for gar­den­ing, clean­ing ve­hi­cles and pub­lic places and sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties at few places of the city.

NMMC had plans to sell the treated wa­ter to the in­dus­trial units and cold stor­ages in the city. But that is not hap­pen­ing as of now.

“Dis­cus­sions are go­ing on with the dif­fer­ent au­thor­i­ties to sell this wa­ter. But we are not get­ting very good re­sponse from them,” an­other of­fi­cial from wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment said.

“We can­not ap­proach any­one with the pro­posal of buy­ing treated wa­ter. Other mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils and gram pan­chay­ats are not in­ter­ested for this as they are not in need of such wa­ter,” he added.

“A huge amount of wa­ter is re­quired for clean­ing and flush­ing in ev­ery house­hold. Had NMMC planned to utilise the treated wa­ter ear­lier, the wa­ter cri­sis would not have been so se­vere to­day,” said He­mant Sharma, 45, a res­i­dent of Vashi.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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