Kalyan reels un­der wa­ter short­age

RES­I­DENTS AN­GRY Ul­has river’s dip­ping wa­ter level hits KDMC sup­ply and res­i­dents go with­out wa­ter for six days

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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

RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY

Res­i­dents at Ma­ha­laxmi Colony in Kalyan fill drums from a wa­ter tanker.

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