POL­I­TICS OVER WA­TER IN AIROLI

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

AIROLI: Pol­i­tics seems to have taken over the is­sue of wa­ter sup­ply at least in Airoli. Res­i­dents of sec­tor 4 had been fac­ing acute wa­ter short­age for the past few days.

Fi­nally, when the wa­ter pipe­line was checked, it was found that it had been de­lib­er­ately shut to cause prob­lems to the res­i­dents.

The res­i­dents had been suf­fer­ing for around 10 days un­til ear­lier this week.

Prakash De­sai, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said, “The res­i­dents of the area had been fac­ing prob­lems ow­ing to the lack of ad­e­quate wa­ter. How­ever, when we in­quired, we found the other ar­eas through which the pipe­line passed be­fore be­com­ing to ours were re­ceiv­ing ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply.”

The res­i­dents then ap­proached lo­cal cor­po­ra­tors MK Mad­hvi, Vi­naya Mad­hvi and Karan Mad­hvi, ask­ing them to take up the is­sue and re­solve the cri­sis.

Around 300 women gath­ered at MK Mad­hvi’s of­fice.

“I spoke to the NMMC of­fi­cials from the wa­ter depart­ment and in­quired about the l ow pres­sure wa­ter sup­ply. Their an­swers were how­ever not sat­is­fac­tory,” said Mad­hvi.

He added, “While I ar­ranged for wa­ter tankers for the area, I also got the civic of­fi­cials to come to the area where the wa­ter short­age was be­ing felt.”

“When the valve of the main pipe­line that sup­plies wa­ter to the area was checked, we were shocked to find that it had been closed. This had led to low pres­sure wa­ter sup­ply here,” Mad­hvi said.

The valve was then opened and soon the area had suf­fi­cient wa­ter sup­ply.

The Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor said, “It is ob­vi­ous that some­one wanted the res­i­dents to suf­fer and score po­lit­i­cally. We want a thor­ough probe into the mat­ter.”

NMMC of­fi­cials said they will look into the mat­ter.

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