Kalyan reels under water shortage
RESIDENTS ANGRY Ulhas river’s dipping water level hits KDMC supply and residents go without water for six days
KALYAN: Residents of Kalyan and Dombivli have been reeling under water shortage for the past six days.
The Kalyan -Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) could not supply water from Saturday to Thursday. The civic body draws water from Ulhas river but the dipping level affected the supply to the two cities.
“There was no water supply on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday, the pressure of the water supplied was low. And again on Thursday, there was no water supply. This has made our lives difficult,” said Manisha Lad, 34, a resident of Kolsewadi, Kalyan (East).
The civic body had announced that it would help residents tide over the problem by sending tankers. But, residents claim it did not.
“The civic body has not provided tanker water to any of the households in our area. We are using stored water for drinking and cooking and the rest of the work has stopped,” said Savitri Patil, 54, a resident of Kailas Nagar in Kalyan (East).
Usually, the Ulhas river has around 1,600 mld of water but recently the water level dipped to 1,000 mld. The civic body could not lift enough water to supply the two cities.
“The low water level in the Ulhas river has led to the crisis. We usually lift 285 mld of water. On Saturday and Sunday, we could not lift water which
has led to the shortage. Usually, we provide 70 to 80 tankers of water during such crisis situation but we could not do so this time as there was no water available,” said an official of KDMC water department, requesting anonymity.
However, tanker water was supplied to some areas on Thursday.
Manoj Rai, a corporator from Kailas Nagar in Kalyan (East) arranged for tanker water to be supplied to 11,000 residents in his ward.
“When residents started complaining about water shortage for the past two days, I purchased tanker water from Ambernath and Ulhasnagar for
my area,” said Rai.
“The KDMC had announced that there won’t be water supply but it has failed to find an alternative. The residents have been suffering for six days. At least, the civic body should have arranged for tanker water,” said Rai.
The KDMC has imposed water cut from 12 noon every Friday to 12 noon every Sunday. The 48- hour continuous water cut has irked residents.
The low water level in the Ulhas river has led to the crisis. We usually lift 285 mld of water. On Saturday and Sunday, we could not lift water which has led to the shortage. KDMC OFFICIAL, water department
Residents at Mahalaxmi Colony in Kalyan fill drums from a water tanker.