Res­i­dents of Kamothe reel un­der wa­ter cut

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KAMOTHE: With lit­tle wa­ter left in Morbe dam, the NMMC that sup­plies wa­ter from it to the Cidco node of Kamothe has im­posed ma­jor wa­ter cut in the area.

This has led to the res­i­dents fac­ing ma­jor prob­lems as they not only get wa­ter on al­ter­nate days, but also the pres­sure is very low.

Kamothe, that has been de­vel­oped un­der the 12.5% scheme, will have 44 sec­tors, out of which, 36 sec­tors have been de­vel­oped. The pop­u­la­tion of the node is over 2 lakh. While it re­quires 42 mld of wa­ter ev­ery day, it is strug­gling to get even 24 mld. The node solely de­pends on NMMC for wa­ter sup­ply.

The pipe­line that sup­plies wa­ter to Navi Mum­bai from Morbe dam also sup­plies to Kamothe. Since there was in­ad­e­quate rain­fall in Morbe dam area last year, the wa­ter stock in the dam is low, as is the case at other dams in the state.

Hence, the NMMC has had to im­pose wa­ter cut in Navi Mum­bai, where it was claim­ing to be ready to en­sure 24-hour wa­ter sup­ply. It has also cut down the wa­ter sup­ply in Kamothe.

THE PIPE­LINE THAT SUP­PLIES WA­TER TO NAVI MUM­BAI FROM MORBE DAM ALSO SUP­PLIES TO 2 LAKH PEO­PLE OF KAMOTHE.

The cut has re­port­edly been in­creas­ing by the day. To man­age the avail­able wa­ter, Cidco has de­cided to sup­ply wa­ter on al­ter­nate days.

Shankar Jaiswal, a res­i­dent, said: “There are sev­eral build­ings in the node which do not get enough wa­ter even on al­ter­nate days. The pres­sure is so low that the tanks hardly fill up.”

Dilip Bokade, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer of Cidco, said: “Due to in­ad­e­quate stock of wa­ter, we are un­able to sup­ply as per the de­mand. To en­sure that the res­i­dents get avail­able wa­ter in ad­e­quate pres­sure, we have di­vided the node into two zones. Wa­ter is sup­plied ac­cord­ingly. This will con­tinue till June.”

Bokade added: “We are work­ing on short term and long term plans to help re­solve the wa­ter sup­ply is­sue in the node.”

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