Use wa­ter wisely or lose con­nec­tion

Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil ap­points mo­bile squads to check for wastage of wa­ter; vi­o­la­tors will first get no­tice

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

If you waste a lot of wa­ter ev­ery day, you may lose your wa­ter sup­ply. At a time when the state is reel­ing un­der wa­ter cri­sis, the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil ( PMC) has de­cided to come down heav­ily on those who waste wa­ter.

The wa­ter depart­ment of PMC has ap­pointed mo­bile squads to check for wa­ter wastage. Those found guilty will find their sup­ply dis­con­nected.

The wa­ter depart­ment has ap­pealed to hous­ing so­ci­eties and res­i­dents to curb wastage of wa­ter in their re­spec­tive ar­eas.

“De­spite reg­u­lar no­tices and warn­ings, if peo­ple do not take the req­ui­site mea­sures, we will stop their wa­ter sup­ply to pre­vent wastage,” said an of­fi­cial,on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“The wa­ter depart­ment has set up spe­cial squads for the pur- pose. Apart from en­sur­ing proper wa­ter sup­ply in the re­gion, the squad will also look­out for leak­ages and wa­ter wastage,” said a PMC of­fi­cial.

He said, “Those found guilty of wast­ing wa­ter will first be given warn­ing and no­tice. If the wastage con­tin­ues, the ad­min­is­tra­tion will not hes­i­tate in dis­con­nect­ing the wa­ter sup­ply.”

The PMC has al­ready stip­u­lat- ed wa­ter rates on the ba­sis of the size of wa­ter con­nec­tions. The bills are col­lected ac­cord­ingly.

In Pan­vel, con­sumers pay a fixed amount and then use as much wa­ter as they want. Sev­eral busi­ness en­ti­ties pay do­mes­tic rates and use wa­ter for com­mer­cial pur­poses. There is no clar­ity on how much wa­ter is used af­ter be­ing sourced from Dehrang Dam, Maharashtra Jee­van Prad­hikaran ( MJP) and Maharashtra In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion or what the ac­tual re­quire­ment of the city is.

Since there is no proper wa­ter au­dit, the PMC spends crores on wa­ter sup­ply.

Now, there is a pro­posal to sup­ply wa­ter in Pan­vel through wa­ter me­tres. How­ever, since the PMC’s fi­nances are dip­ping, the pro­posal has been de­layed.

“Cur­rently, the wa­ter stock in the dam is low ow­ing to in­ad­e­quate rain­fall last year. MJP has re­duced its wa­ter sup­ply. There is a pos­si­bil­ity of a fur­ther cut in sum­mer,” said the PMC of­fi­cial.

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