No water wastage in city, says NMMC
U-TURN A few months ago, it had claimed 19% of water supply was going down the drain; Now, it says water is reaching the consumers
With the city facing severe water crisis, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) seems to have taken a U-turn on wastage of water in the city.
In July last year, Arvind Shinde, executive engineer of water supply department of the civic body, said that around 19% (70 mld) water was wasted every day. There were also discussions of forming special squads to keep watch on the wastage in different parts of the city.
Illegal connections and leaking pipelines were cited as the main reasons of water wastage.
When Hindustan Times contacted Shinde on Friday, he said there is no water wastage in the city.
It is, however, not clear whether the civic body fixed the issue or is trying to cover up its negligence, fearing public criticism at the time of crisis.
Refusing to elaborate on the matter, Shinde said there is no leakage problem in water pipelines and water is reaching the consumers.
When asked about his statement made in July, he said, “We had said something like that last year, but it was not related to water crisis the city is facing. Water is not getting wasted in the city for sure.”
“Some housing societies are wasting water by cleaning vehicles, compound walls among others and whenever we get to know about such wastage we immediately issue notices to them,” he added.
Another official, on condition of anonymity, said, “Officials from the water department are keeping a close watch on those wasting water. We have also cracked down on unauthorised connections and around 4,000 notices have been served in the past few months. Efforts are also being made to plug leakages in water distribution system of the civic body.”
Activists, however, said that apart from leakages several unscrupulous elements are also stealing water by breaking water pipes in secluded areas. “Criminals make holes in the water pipes and fill tankers using long pipes. Once they fill tankers, they try to plug the holes with clothes and other materials but do not succeed. Thousands of litres of water are getting wasted at different places in the city,” said Arup Sharma, 37, an activist from Nerul.
Residents, too, allege water is misused and the NMMC is not taking any action.
“Slum dwellers, who do not get water supply, break pipes and use water for bathing and cleaning clothes. Many of them reportedly sell water by filling them in big gallons. Instead of trying to cover up the matter, the NMMC should face the reality and try to find a solution,” said Rajesh Puri, 32, a resident of Ghansoli.