Thane res­i­dents face 60-hour wa­ter cut as Barvi dam dries up

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUM­BAI - Shashikant Kothekar shashikant.kothekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Be­fore the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) started the 60-hour wa­ter cut on Wed­nes­day evening, it had asked res­i­dents to store wa­ter.

This is the first time the TMC has im­posed con­tin­u­ous wa­ter cuts in ar­eas which is sup­plied MIDC wa­ter. Res­i­dents will not get wa­ter sup­ply from Thurs­day to Satur­day.

Parts of Kalwa,Vitawa, Diva, Mum­bra, Shil, Daighar, Kausa and Indira Na­gar, Ru­padevi Pada, Wa­gle fire brigade and Balkum Pada 1 are the worst-hit.

While some res­i­dents, who have borewell in the area, have an al­ter­na­tive source of wa­ter, not all are for­tu­nate. Many started fer­ry­ing wa­ter from far off places.

Gopinath Bha­gat, 45, lives near Govern­ment Polytech­nic, De­sai Road, in Diva. “We live near De­sai lake and the wa­ter qual­ity is good. We use the wa­ter for wash­ing clothes and clean­ing uten­sils,” Bha­gat said.

The 60-hour wa­ter cut will hit the hote­liers the most.

Bhushan Patil, 38, runs a small ho­tel on Shil Road. He hopes he does not lose out on cus­tomers as he strug­gles to tide over the prob­lem. “We have called for pri­vate wa­ter tankers,” he said.

“We re­ceive 100 mld wa­ter from MIDC ev­ery day. Due to short­age of wa­ter in dam, the MIDC has im­posed wa­ter cut, which was ini­tially for 24 hours. Even af­ter Satur­day when we start wa­ter sup­ply, wa­ter sup­ply may be low-pres­sure,” said a TMC of­fi­cial from wa­ter sup­ply de­part­ment.

The TMC said it would pro­vide wa­ter tankers in the ar­eas fac­ing wa­ter cuts.

The civic of­fi­cials said that they sent 46 wa­ter tankers to the af­fected ar­eas. “In the last two days, we sup­plied wa­ter from 56 tankers in Mum­bra, Kausa and Kalwa,”said an of­fi­cer from Mum­bra ward of­fice.

An MIDC of­fi­cial said that the wa­ter level in Barvi dam has been dip­ping rapidly.

“We want t o save wa­ter till mon­soon and so we have im­posed wa­ter cuts. We are plan­ning to sup­ply wa­ter for four days a week only. We will have to im­pose more such se­vere wa­ter cut,” he said.

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